Prosecutor: Deputy justified in fatal shooting of Holland Twp. man

Beeline Road shooting
Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting on Beeline Road. (Nov. 23, 2016)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A deputy was justified in the fatal shooting of a Holland Township man who was armed with a knife, the Ottawa County prosecutor has decided.

In a Friday release, Prosecutor Ronald Frantz said Deputy Joshua Barton acted in self-defense and defense of others when he shot and killed David Thelen on Nov. 23.

Investigators say David Leroy Thelen, 43, called 911 saying he needed medical help, claiming he may have temporarily lost consciousness after bumping his head.

Beeline Road shooting
Crime tape surrounds the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 300 block of Beeline Road in Holland Township. (Nov. 23, 2016)

According to investigators, Thelen suffered from chronic medical and personal issues, had been in the hospital recently, and had a history of making calls to 911.

When Deputy Barton and a reserve deputy arrived at Thelen’s apartment on Beeline Road in Holland Township and knocked on the door, Thelen did not answer right away but was seen in the kitchen.

Authorities say when he eventually opened the door, Thelen was holding a 13-inch kitchen knife.

Despite repeated orders to drop the knife, Thelen refused to drop the knife and instead aggressively came towards Deputy Barton, according to police.

Deputy Barton fired three times hitting Thelen in the chest area and killing him.

Witnesses from the apartment complex and paramedics who were in the area confirmed to police that Thelen was repeatedly ordered to drop the knife before the shooting.

After reviewing the the case, the Ottawa County prosecutor said no criminal charges will be filed.