JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – The Jackson County prosecutor made a decision on if officers involved in a shooting there committed a crime.
That shooting happened in January at Southridge Park Apartments and left a 29-year-old man dead.
After reviewing the investigation report, Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka says there is enough evidence to support the three officers involved in the shooting death of Joey Ramirez were acting in self defense and are not guilty of a crime.
A shoot-out between Jackson police officers Patrick Rose, Tyler Carpenter, and Sergeant Wes Stanton led to the death of 29-year-old Joey Ramirez in January.
After investigating what happened, Jarzynka says the officers did what they had to do.
“The use of deadly force is highly limited, but if you have an honest and reasonable belief that your life or the life of someone else is in danger, danger of death or great bodily harm, you can use deadly force,” said Jarzynka.
It started as a domestic violence call, when Ramirez’s girlfriend called police after he showed up at her apartment with a gun.
When officers got there, Ramirez started to run and away before hiding in a dark area.
He then took the first shot at police, who shot back, ultimately killing him.
“Since Jackson is part of the first district with the State Police, they would ask my detectives that would go through me and I would assign detectives and take a team to respond,” said Det. Thomas DeClercq with the Michigan State Police.
When an officer-involved shooting takes place, an outside agency has to investigate. That’s where the Michigan State Police come in.
“We obviously interview all witnesses, we deal with the officers at hand who have rights,” said DeClercq.
Jarzynka says an investigation like this one takes time, so he wants people to know that due diligence was done.
“As a police officer, you have a duty to protect the public, you know, the citizens, and if you think someone is a danger, they have a weapon, they’re going to shoot or kill someone or seriously harm them, you have a duty to stop them,” said Jarzynka.
It’s also important to note that a little more than a week before the shooting, Ramirez told his mom that he was going to get in to a police shoot out and hoped to die during it.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Jackson County Prosecutor has decided that three Jackson City police officers were justified in using deadly force in a January 2018 shooting.
Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka released his decision clearing Officers Patrick Rose, Tyler Carpenter and Sgt. Wes Stanton.
The prosecutor said the three were justified in shooting Joey Ramirez on January 28, 2018 after the man had threatened to kill his girlfriend.
When police arrived Ramirez ran, eventually shooting at officers, who returned fire.
Jarzynka said the officers acted in self-defense.
This story is developing and will be updated.