Calhoun County Prosecutor Finds January Police Shooting Was Justified
The Calhoun County Prosecutor has now released his opinion on police shooting that left a man dead early this year, and he says the officers’ actions were appropriate.
The Battle Creek Enquirer says that Prosecutor David Gilbert reviewed the incident from January 22, where police entered an apartment containing 36-year-old Joshuah Prough and shot him several times. The Michigan State Police Fifth District Fugitive Team had gone to the Tree Top Apartments in Battle Creek to arrest Prough on several warrants, including ones stemming from an alleged home invasion where several guns were stolen.
When officers made contact, he initially refused to let them in, and officers claimed he was making delusional statements; he had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia previously. After a brief time the door was breached and Prough was seen holding at least one loaded handgun; he was repeatedly ordered to drop the weapon, and when he didn’t, police opened fire, shooting him several times and leaving him dead.
The Prosecutor says that deadly force was justified in this case, and that no crimes were committed by the police.