EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy and his wife were found shot to death outside of a home in Emmett Township Sunday morning.
Neighbors told investigators the shooting happened around 1 a.m., but they initially mistook the sound of the shots for fireworks. A family member called 911 around 8 a.m., at which point authorities responded to the scene in the first block of McAllister Road.
The deputy and his wife were found outside of the home, according to investigators with the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety.
Neighbors said the couple’s two children were home when the shooting happened, as were some of the children’s friends for a sleepover. It was not immediately known if they witnessed the shooting.
Sheriff’s officials said the deputy was an 18-year veteran of the department. He was not on duty at the time of the shooting.
24 Hour News 8 is not releasing his name because some families members have not yet been notified.
“As an organization, the Sheriff’s Office is greatly saddened for the family and will do everything we can to assist after this tragedy,” sheriff’s officials wrote in their news release. “We are also offering employee assistance to any and all of our employees as this is a devastating loss.”
The investigation is being handled by the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety. Emmett Township officials declined to characterize the nature of their ongoing investigation. They do not believe there is a threat to the public as it relates to the matter, officials said.
24 Hour News 8’s Leon Hendrix and Heather Walker contributed to this report.