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Prosecutors office says Lansing Police shooting was justified

Posted at 3:46 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 11:38:51-04

The Prosecutors office says that the Lansing Police shooting that injured a 25-year-old Holt man was justified.

Police say Michael Magik Jones shot into a building on Mary Avenue near MLK on March 31st, before exchanging gunfire with police in two different locations. Jones suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and was hospitalized.

Jones has a case pending in Lansing's 54-A District Court. He is facing multiple charges, including firing into a building, carrying a concealed weapon, and a felony firearm charge.

According to the Ingham County Prosecutor officers were responding to a report of shots fired. During their initial investigation they received a description of a possible armed suspect. They identified the possible suspect, and as officers approached one of the officers drew their pistol and commanded the suspect to stop. It's alleged that the suspect opened fire on the officers and ran from the scene.

After that alleged altercation Michigan State Police and Lansing Police searched for the suspect. MSP identified the suspect who was hiding in the area from a helicopter. Lansing Police officers approached the suspect and allege that the suspect shot at them. Two of the LPD officers fired, and the suspect was struck by the gunfire. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

"Lansing Police Department policy states that officers may use deadly force to protect any officers from the imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury. It is our assertion that this use of force was consistent with state law and that no crime was committed by any officer during this incident." Carol A. Siemon, Ingham County Prosecutor.