Father pushing for more charges after former Mattawan officer shoots at son
MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) —
The father of a man accused of stealing a car that resulted in a police-involved shooting and lockdown of the schools in Mattawan said his son could have been killed and the officer is being let off lightly.
Newschannel 3's Mike Krafcik talked to Gary Kingsbury Jr., the father of Gary Kingsbury III who has been charged with unlawfully driving a stolen car and was shot at five times by a now former Mattawan Police Officer.
Video from the cruiser dash camera shows the moments ex-Mattawan Police Officer Chelsey Omilian opened fire on a fleeing car driven by Gary Kingsbury III, who is behind is currently in jail and charged with two counts of unlawfully driving a stolen car.
Kingsbury Jr. said, “I don't understand why she shot at them. It clearly shows in the video that he did not try to run her over. He tried to get away. Swerved around the car.”
He believes the former officer's actions put his son’s life in danger.
Kingsbury III is charged with two counts of unlawfully driving a stolen car and has communicated with his family while behind bars.,
Kingsbury Jr. said, “He panicked, freaked out, and she shot at him.”
Randy Levine, Omilian's lawyer, says the officer acted properly since she feared for her life.
Levine said, “A prole absconder, driving a stolen vehicle, likely juiced up on meth, with a fugitive in the front seat and a heroin addict in the backseat, that aims the car at her and puts her life in jeopardy.”
Kingsbury Jr. wasn’t sure if his son was on drugs, but says his son would never intentionally hurt someone.
Meanwhile, Omilian is facing a misdemeanor for her role, a charge that could carry a 90-day jail sentence
Kingsbury Jr. said, “If I shot at someone unjustly, they wouldn't charge me with what she was charged with, they would charge me with attempted murder.”
Three other passengers in the car, including Lacie Tutt, Kingsbury’s girlfriend who fled after the shots were fired and snuck into Mattawan High School during the lockdown.
Tutt's mother said that she was scared and feared for her life during the incident.