MSP officers honored for saving hostage’s life during deadly shootout

Brian Keely and Carlos Fossati
Left to right: Sgt. Brian Keely and Trooper Carlos Fossati. (Michigan State Police)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two members of the Michigan State Police are being honored for rescuing a hostage during a shooting at a Benton Township hotel.

The hallway where Michigan State Police shot and killed a man who authorities say kidnapped his wife. (Nov. 18, 2015)
The hallway where Michigan State Police shot and killed a man who authorities say kidnapped his wife. (Nov. 18, 2015)

Sgt. Brian Keely of the Rockford post and Trooper Carlos Fossati of the Wayland post were recently awarded the MSP Bravery Award for going above and beyond the normal expectations for law enforcement.

On Nov. 18, Keely and Fossati were trying to track down the man who had kidnapped his estranged wife at gunpoint from the assisted living facility where she worked.

MSP tracked the suspect, 44-year-old Marcus Meridy, to the American Inn on E. Napier Avenue. Investigators said they negotiated with Meridy by cellphone for more than 30 minutes before the MSP SWAT team heard a single gunshot in the hotel room and forced their way inside.

MSP said Meridy fired on the team, hitting Keely in his bulletproof vest. Despite the gunfire, Keely and Fossati rushed into the room and rescued the woman. Investigators say they also returned fire, hitting and killing Meridy.

A mug shot of Marcus Meridy provided by the Berrien County Sheriff's Office.
A mug shot of Marcus Meridy provided by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

MSP said Meridy beat and shot his wife, but she was expected to recover.

“In awarding the department’s Bravery Award, the MSP Board of Awards found that the courageous and heroic actions of Keely and Fossati undoubtedly saved the woman’s life,” stated MSP in a Wednesday news release.

Keely enlisted with MSP in 1998. Fossati began his career with MSP in 2004.

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