Man with valid CPL shoots two people in apparent road rage incident

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SPARTA, Mich. — A Newaygo man with a valid state concealed pistol license is cooperating with investigators after an alleged road rage shooting that left one person dead and another injured, according to the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

Don Dudley, from Facebook

Investigators say that Donald Dudley, 20, from Bailey, Michigan was killed and Benjamin Dudley, 18, was injured in the incident that happened about 3:20 a.m. Monday morning on M-37 north of Sparta Avenue NW.

Investigators say they arrived at the scene after 911 calls reported a double shooting.  There, they found the Dudleys laying on the ground near a stopped vehicle. Robert Chipman, Jr., 43, of Newaygo, told deputies at the scene he had shot both men during a physical altercation.

Investigators say that Shipman has a valid CPL and is cooperating with the investigation.

A fourth person, a 22-year-old woman from Wyoming, had fled from the scene of the shooting but was found a short distance away. She also called 911 to report to shooting.

Ben Dudley, from Facebook

Investigators are waiting to speak with Benjamin Dudley about the incident, but say his medical condition is not allowing that at this time.

The Kent County Sheriff's office say that all subjects in the incident are accounted for and there is no danger to the public.

The Kent County Prosecutor will determine what, if any charges, are filed.  Investigators are not referring to any of the subjects as suspects or victims until the investigation is complete.


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  • Uncle Fester

    Never get out of the car.
    I have a CPL and I STILL called the police when a person with road rage threatened me. I just kept moving until the police showed up.
    Thats my advice, even for CPL holders. DON’T STOP. DON’T GET OUT OF THE CAR AND MOST OF ALL, CALL THE POLICE ASAP.

        • steven clark

          People can’t just “shoot you because they took a class to carry a gun.” There are very stringent guidelines regarding the use of a firearm in self defense and if this ccw holder didn’t follow them, he could be looking at murder charges. But in life, it’s generally wise to assume EVERYONE is carrying, whether legally or illegally. You’re much safer being polite and respectful than violent and threatening.

        • Old for a reason.

          Take the class. you can’t just shoot just because you have a CPL. 12 hours of class learning the law.
          its the criminals you need to fear, not us CPL holders

  • J.B.

    Sounds like the Dud brothers bit off more than they could chew while getting ready to play WWF tag team on another motorist.
    People have a right to defend themselves, and i guess this one knew how to.

  • Rose

    We can’t assume the one who had the gun is at fault here until we know the facts. I think back to the kid from Alto who dragged the senior citizen out of his vehicle and beat him to death. Too bad that guy didn’t have a CPL. He might still be alive.