Prosecutor: Shooter acted in self-defense in fatal road rage shooting

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Kent County Prosecutor has released more information Friday morning regarding an apparent road rage shooting that left one person dead and another one wounded.

Donald Dudley, 20, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of May 22 on M-37, north of Sparta Avenue NW.  His brother, Benjamin, 18, was wounded.

Donald 'Donny' Dudley, 20 (left). Benjamin 'Benny' Dudley, 18 (right) (courtesy photos)

Robert Chipman Jr., 43, of Newaygo, told deputies he shot both men during a physical altercation. Chipman has a valid state concealed pistol license, investigators say.

Friday morning, Prosecutor Chris Becker said that he will not be pressing charges against Chipman, believing that they would not be able to prove that Chipman was not acting in self-defense.

Becker said during the altercation, both Dudleys approached Chipman's vehicle with "hostile intent." Seeing the situation as a possible 2-on-1 altercation, Chipman was justified in using self-defense, according to Becker.  They had also allegedly thrown at item at Chipman's vehicle.

You can watch the entire statement from Becker below.  You can read the entire document here: Prosecutor Road Rage Decision

 

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5 comments

  • tracyd112

    This Is Bullshit The Man did not have to stop and get out of his Vehicle ! He could have called 911 just as easy before shooting them as he did after shooting them. The Man who done the Shooting has to Have friends with the Prosecutor or someone in his Office. He has a Permit to carry a gun IT DOES NOT GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TO START ROAD RAGE THEN KILL 1 MAN AND CRIPPLE ANOTHER.` By the Prosecutor failing to file any charges on this Man just opened the Door for everyone who carry’s a gun to kill anyone.The Prosecutor needs to lose his Job.I Pray that the Family of the Deceased demands another Police force or court to look into this.

    • ok

      Q: What is Michigan’s “Stand Your Ground” law?

      A: MCL 780.972 states: “Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

      Sec. 2.

      (1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:

      (a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.

      (b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

      (2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.”

      case closed!