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911 calls released in deputy-involved shooting
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Barry County Central Dispatch is releasing the frantic 911 calls from a deadly deputy-involved shooting.
The incident happened two weeks ago when a 41-year-old man had a brief stand-off with police.
Deputies say Ralph Elliott shot himself in the head before they were forced to open fire on him.
The whole thing started as domestic violence between Elliot and his wife, but things quickly escalated.
The graphic 911 call begins right after Elliott's wife ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Dispatcher: “I don't want you to go back into that residence OK?”
Elliott: “He's in the truck.”
911: “He's in a truck now?"
Elliot: “Yeah he's sitting in his mom's driveway which is next door.”
Elliott: “And he has a gun I just heard it go off. I don't know what to do. I don't know what to do...(crying).”
The wife tells dispatchers her husband had been drinking.
Less than two minutes later one of Elliott's neighbors tells her what her husband has done.
911: “Do you know what kind of gun it is?”
Elliott: “He did!?”
911: “Is it automatic?”
Elliott: “Are you kidding me!? He shot himself?!”
911: “He shot himself?”
Elliott: “He's dead, he shot himself!! (inaudible) I gotta go get my daughter. I gotta go get my daughter.”
Moments after the 911 call ends the situation actually gets worse. Deputies say Elliot came at them with a gun.
They say they gave him numerous warnings and even Tazered him before they were forced to shoot him.
The Barry County Prosecutor says she will have Elliot's autopsy and toxicology results next month.