Deputies Shoot & Kill Man In Barry County

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BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly officer involved shooting that occurred Saturday evening in Barry County.

Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf told FOX17 NEWS that the deadly shooting occurred following a domestic violence complaint at a home in Baltimore Township where a man was shot and killed by a Barry County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

The investigation is now being handled by the Michigan State Police. MSP Detective Chuck Christensen told FOX 17 NEWS that at 6:19 p.m. Saturday deputies were called to a domestic situation involving a man and a gun at 9840 Banfield Road in Dowling. By 7 p.m. five deputies were on the scene. There was a short standoff in the driveway of the home and the five deputies fired five shots, the man was hit and later died at Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

The dead man was identified as Ralph Oliver Elliott, 41. He lived near the address where the shooting occurred, which was a family member’s residence. Elliott was the only one there at the time of the shooting.

Christensen said Elliott fired two gunshots prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Christensen said that at 8 p.m. Saturday the Michigan State Police were contacted by the Sheriff’s Department to conduct the shooting investigation.

An autopsy, additional interviews with deputies, ballistics and toxicology reports are all pending. Once MSP gets those all compiled, the entire investigation will be forwarded to the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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38 comments

  • nancy Hockstra

    Officers are hired to protect us and themselves if needed. Sounds like it was needed. From what I've heard over the years is that DOMESTIC is the worse call. He probably saved a ladies life. God bless our Police Departments all over the USA!!!!

  • THE PUNCHING BAG

    YES, WELL JUST LINE US ALL UP AGAINST A WALL AND HAVE AT IT. SOON THE ONLY POPLE WITH GUNS WILL BE THE COPS AND CRIMANALS. AND I THINK I'D BE HAPPIER BEING SHOT BY A COP.

  • Speaker Of Truth

    How many of anti-cop comments were made by people who consider themselves "women s rights activists" ?
    So..what of the "domestic" assault ?
    I guarantee the same people would be screaming if the domestic victim had been killed, then you'd be blaming the cops for not acting.

  • robert haner

    my cousin was no a violint person i was at th house seen all the blood my opion there was a lot of excessive force was used.now my aunt linda in the cdiac ward at bronson ralph did not deserve to shot to death.

  • robert hainer

    the nra trains you to shoot only in self defence and the only shoot 3 times .so if it is true that little ralph waS SHOT 5 TIMES AND WHERE DID HE GET HIT AT.because the blood stained snow was over 50 feet apart.from where the people tried to save his life.also wondering how broke the door casing on my aunt linda door.

  • anonymous

    Gee if your cousin was as dumb as you sound, no wonder he ended up being shot. From what I heard he was very drunk and his mother, although very upset over the loss of her son, is not blaming anyone. Stop posting idiotic comments that have no justification. The investigation will done by an outside agency and I’m sure the officers involved will be cleared.

    • robert

      why wont you tell your name i have nothing to hide seems that you doand i hope the police get what they get carma will be a good thing to hapen to all

    • Lindsey

      First of all Ralph was a great guy. He never deserved to die. Regardless of the circumstances that was going on between him and his wife, he didn’t deserve any of this. There are many people in our community that are going to miss Ralph deeply.

    • LWoods23

      First of all Ralph, was a GREAT guy, he did NOT deserve to die like that. No one deserves to be shot. Ralph made some wrong choices, therefore leading him into the situation. Regardless of the circumstances between him and his wife, him nor his family deserved this. There are many people in our community that are going to miss Ralph deeply. So making rude and disrespectful comments, of one being "dumb," is completely unnecessary.

      • anonymous

        You know who else didn't deserve to be shot? The cops who put their lives on the line every day, who always come when the public calls. I know one of the officers involved and he is the most generous, upstanding, give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back kind of guy you could ever hope to know. Whether Mr. Elliott had a gun in his hand or not, I don't know. But I have nothing but utter confidence that the man I know would not have pulled his trigger unless he felt like his life and the lives of his fellow officers were in danger.

        • LWoods23

          the funny thing is the they said that he had a gun before being shot, but after they shot Ralph and he was down there was NO gun found. so therefore he was shot for no reason. Ralph put off 2 shots BEFORE the cops arrived. he did not shot at anyone. not even the cops. I have known Ralph my whole life and I know for a fact he would NEVER hurt anyone. he was the type of person who would help anyone in need.

      • Speaker Of Truth

        " No one deserves to be shot."
        oh yes some do- home invaders, rapists, child molesters and anyone out to harm an Innocent victim deserves what they get.
        the answer is simple, don't harm other people, break into their homes or attack them and they have nothing to fear.
        respect other people

  • Lindsey

    Just because someone has improper grammar or spelling errors does not imply that they are inbred. You seriously need to learn respect. Someone’s life was taken and you are sitting here talking trash to a family who is already suffering. Enough is enough, leave it be.

  • JustSayin

    Another one of those I guess I need the WHOLE STORY, not just the shortened version we have here, If there was no danger, why did FIVE not one but FIVE officers fire all at the same time,,,,,??? That is an honest question, and if there were five officers on site, you can BET that one of the dash cameras were focused in to catch enough either audio or video to tell the full story. I feel bad for anyone who has a family member lost for any reason, but I prefer to hold my judgement on either side for the whole story. The police are not going to post any type of formal statement until an internal investigation from an outside agency is performed. It just keeps coming back to me,,, that FIVE deputies chose to fire,,, not one jumpy rookie,,,,,,,, but FIVE deputies.

  • anonymous

    Yes my comment was rude about inbreeding. You are correct that there should be respect shown for the family. It is sad that someone lost their life but let’s remember the deputies that were called there. They also have families and deserve to be shown respect. They will also have to live with the difficult decision that they had on that day.

  • nora

    Some of you people are pathetic ralphie was a good man.and the fact that you have the nerve to say that is just sad. Showw some dang respect people. Many people are in shock from this and never saw it coming at all!. He will be greatly missed. And his family is in my prayers

  • Joe

    God Bless our Police Officers who keep us safe everyday, you think they want to go to work and have to kill someone? They are human beings just like you. Protect and serve thats what they do, if you have a domestic situation and someone wants to kill you, you are scared, you call the cops cuz someone had a gun, if you don't want help, dont call the cops call a shrink figure out your own problems.

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone, including this news channel should get the facts straight. So where again is the gun Ralph had? Oh… it still hasn't been found? The truth comes out in the end, and I can't wait to watch and see the collapse of the Barry CountySheriffs Department. And it was only 1 deputy who fired the shots. One deputy who took away a father from his 6 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son. And took him from his wife, who mind you DID NOT call the police for domestic violence. She called because she was afraid he was going to hurt himself. Get your facts straight people, or dont comment at all. Id rather hear something from the horses mouth, and not the horses ass. And right now I can say that the sheriffs department is putting out false information to cover up there mistakes. But FOX17 can have there few minutes of glory, to get people to believe a story that is very untrue and misleading. They will know in the end the truth. It may take months or years, but the truth will come out about a corrupt police department who in 26 minutes from the time of the 911 call took an unarmed mans life!!!!

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