Michigan State Police begin investigation into officer involved shooting death
PAVILION TOWNSHIP, Mich. —
Gunfire drew neighbors from their homes in Comstock following an officer-involved shooting in broad daylight and Michigan State Police are investigating.
Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza talked to a friend of the suspect and neighbors.
Police cleared the scene around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, but the neighbors at Pavilion Estates say they are still on edge after the shooting that caught them off guard.
A crime scene unfolded Wednesday afternoon at the Pavilion Estates mobile home park in Pavilion Township.
Kelly Meinema, a witness, said, “There is always something popping off out here all the time."
Kala Simpson says the suspect was a man that was always in need of help.
Simpson said, "Sometimes he would have seizures and I would let him come inside in the winter time, I would feed him and I gave him a blanket before."
Deputies say they were trying to talk to him about squatting on a property when things took a dangerous turn.
Meinema said she saw through her front door the same man provoke police before getting shot.
She said, "Once he fell I knew for a fact, he just got shot, it's like, ‘Oh my gosh.’"
The suspect who neighbors say they barely knew.
"I've always known him as Gino"
Michigan State Police were tasked to investigate the actions taken by officers. They will determine if the shooting was justified.
MSP Inspector Dale Hinz said, “We're conducting the follow up investigation now, anytime we have an officer involved shooting we bring in one of our groups of detectives from outside the 5th district to make sure we have an independent view of that investigation."
Some neighbors say he was a known troublemaker in the community.