COLUMBIA TWP., (WLNS) – An investigation is underway tonight into the call that lead up to a man being shot and killed by a Columbia Township police officer yesterday morning. This all started with a call for a domestic situation.
Officers arrived to a home on the 8000 block of Clark Lake Road around 11 am Sunday morning. That’s when they say a man with a bat started threatening them.
The investigation into a Sunday morning dispute turned deadly. Now police and neighbors are wondering what went wrong.
“It’s a great neighborhood. Clark Lake . . . this stuff just doesn’t happen here. I was pretty shocked. I was way up north when it happened and everyone was kind of blowing up my phone saying my street was blocked off so yeah I’m glad I wasn’t at home. I have little kids. This is a good neighborhood,” said Columbia Township Resident Joel Gresham.
Police showed up after a neighbor called to complain about a domestic dispute. When law enforcement arrived, they saw several people there including one with a baseball bat.
Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand said, “there were statements made by the officers to drop the weapon and the suspect refused. Eventually it led to a confrontation between police and the armed suspect and the suspect was subdued by being shot.”
The police officers on scene were left shaken.
“They are both okay. They are not injured physically but obviously a very traumatic incident for both. That’s a primary concern is that they’re both getting the help they need. This is not an easy situation for anyone to have to go through,” said Sheriff Rand.
And, in the wake of that chaos left one person dead. 51-year-old Terry Lynn Maurer as you can see by a picture taken from the Michigan Department of Corrections website, had already served two sentences in prison for Marijuana related issues.
Stay with 6 News as we will be here for you with continuing coverage of this deadly shooting.
UPDATE: Late this afternoon, officials from the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET) tell us a meth lab was found inside the home where Maurer was shot. Right now, that is a separate investigation from the shooting. Officials have not confirmed the two cases are connected.