Deputy shoots, kills man after altercation near Rockford

Summit Court, Algoma Township, shooting
The Kent County Sheriff's Department on the scene of a shooting on Summit Court NE in Algoma Township. (Jan. 24, 2017)


ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kent County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man following a domestic altercation and then a struggle with deputies north of Rockford Tuesday evening.

The incident happened just after 7 p.m. in the 4000 block of Summit Court NE, in the area of Summit Avenue and 13 Mile Road, in Algoma Township.

Kent County Sheriff Lawrence Stelma said deputies initially responded to the address after a report that two adult brothers were fighting. The deputies separated the brothers, after which there was a struggle with one of the men. One deputy sustained minor injuries in that struggle. Shots were then fired, killing the man involved in the struggle.

The deputy in question sustained minor lacerations and bruises and was “fine” Tuesday night, Stelma said. The other brother was not hurt.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety will be investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man who died or the name of the deputy who shot him.

Records show the house is owned by two people from New Jersey. It’s unclear if the owners were the ones involved in the incident.

Neighbors said the people who live at the house “seem to be a happy family.”

“I’ve seen them taking their family portraits out on the road and stuff,” neighbor Corey Lepper said. “It’s super crazy. It’s kind of nerve-wracking, really.”

Lepper was prevented from getting to his house, which is further down Summit, while investigators had the road blocked off for several hours.

–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.