Off-duty trooper assists deputy in struggle to arrest man

CADILLAC — An off-duty trooper from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post jumped in to assist a deputy who was calling for backup.

On Monday around 11:25 a.m. on M-55 near U.S. 131, a Wexford County deputy was called to a suspicious situation in the area, after a man attempted to force his way into a home. The man was to have become involved in a confrontation with the home owner, according to a press release.

While driving to the location, the deputy saw a man matching the suspect’s description crossing M-55. The deputy confronted the suspect, who advised he was having mental issues and needed to be taken into custody.

As the deputy attempted to handcuff the suspect, he quickly became uncooperative and kicked the deputy in the torso. A struggle ensued, and the deputy called for backup.

The deputy was able to get the suspect onto the ground, but was unable to get control of his hands.

An off-duty trooper who was driving by noticed the deputy struggling on the ground with the suspect. The trooper immediately assisted, first identifying herself before helping to get the man under control and handcuffed, before additional help arrived.

Following the incident, the 36-year-old Grand Rapids man was hospitalized for a mental evaluation. The Wexford County Sheriff’s Office sent the case to the Wexford prosecutor for review and potential criminal charges.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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