Dashcam of Mattawan officer-involved shooting released; officer defends actions

Dashcam of Mattawan Officer-Involved shooting; Officer's questionable past uncovered

Dashcam video shows the moments ex-Mattawan Police Officer Chelsey Omilian opened fire on a fleeing car, which led to Mattawan High Schools going into lockdown on November 3 as police searched for the fleeing suspects.

The suspects hit Chelsey Omilian’s patrol car while trying to make a getaway and Omilian then shot at the car five times as it sped off.

The rookie cop got back into her car, with a passenger in the back, and tried to find the suspects. Those suspects were eventually apprehended and charged.

Omilian was later fired by the Mattawan Police Department and the Van Buren County Prosecutor charged her with reckless discharge of a firearm.

Kalamazoo defense attorney Randall Levine is representing the ex-police officer and says the dashcam doesn’t tell the full story.

"You have a situation where you've got a parole absconder driving the stolen vehicle, likely juiced up on methamphetamine with a fugitive in the front seat and a heroin addict in the backseat,” said Levine.

Levine also said Omilian should be commended instead of being criminally charged, but the I-Team has learned this isn't the first time Omilian's police powers have been revoked.

Omilian resigned from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in July 2017, just a week after she was put on administrative leave.

“Officer Omilian resigned from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety to take the job at Mattawan,” said Levine.

Sources within KDPS said that Omilian was about to be fired and the Mattawan Police Chief Scott Herbert never called KDPS for a background check.

Omilian has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor.

Levine attorney says Omilian will continue to fight these charges.

Mattawan Village Attorney Scott Graham and Mattawan Police Chief Scott Herbert have not returned repeated phone calls.

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