Prosecutor: No charges against Kentwood officer in deadly shooting
KENTWOOD, Mich.(WXMI) — A Kentwood police officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding domestic violence suspect will not face any charges, the county prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Lamont Gulley was being pursued by police after Casey Kempker, 41, was found dead from stab wounds at the Pheasant Ridge Apartments on April 8. The prosecutor determined that Gulley was threatening officers with a knife and was not responding to officers when ordered to drop the weapon.
The knife was believed to be the weapon used to kill Kempker who had also told police Gulley had a gun. Officers had used a taser on Gulley, which had knocked him down, but did not incapacitate him.
Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Forsyth concluded, in part, that Officer Darrin Cline acted in defense of his fellow officer, according to a 15-page release issued Tuesday.
The prosecutor determined Officer Darrin Cline shot Gulley to protect another officer and a K-9 as Gulley became more aggressive.
Relatives of Kempker told FOX 17 shortly after the incident that she had been stabbed to death in front of her son, who has autism. Kepmker's daughter said her mother texted her to 'call 911' shortly before her death.
Authorities are expected to release video of the deadly officer-involved shooting later Tuesday.