Former Mattawan police officer heads to trial on reckless use of firearm charge


    Former Mattawan police officer heads to trial on reckless use of firearm charge. (WWMT/File)

    The trial of a former Mattawan police officer charged with a misdemeanor of reckless use of a firearm could begin Thursday.

    Chelsey Omilian fired five shots at a fleeing car that had been reported stolen in November 2017.

    Cassie Marschall was shot in the leg while she was in the back seat of the car. The village of Mattawan settled a lawsuit with Marschall for $250,000.

    Omilian told investigators she pulled in emergency lights flashing, to try to box in the car at a busy intersection off I-94 and she fired in fear for her life saying she thought the driver was going to run her over.

    Gary Kingsbury III, the man accused of stealing the car, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle and was sentenced with six months in jail and two years of probation.

    If convicted Omilian faces up to 30 days behind bars.

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