Cop Charged In Student Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A criminal charge has been authorized against an Ottawa County sheriff's deputy accused of shooting an unarmed Grand Valley State University student during a drug raid at his off-campus apartment.
Holland District Judge Bradley Knoll has signed an arrest warrant charging 37-year-old Ryan Huizenga with a misdemeanor count of careless discharge causing injury.
Knoll was told during a court hearing Monday that Huizenga is vacationing out of town but will turn himself in. Huizenga has been suspended without pay and the court said Tuesday he hasn't yet retained a lawyer.
Twenty-year-old Derek Copp was shot in the chest during the March 11 raid on his apartment in Georgetown Township near Allendale. The Spring Arbor native is recovering.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Looks to me , as if there is many COP haters here on this board. But funny, when someone breaks into your home, or steals your car ..first ones you call on is the POLICE.. IF the shoe was on the other foot and the Policeman got shot, what would you have said then???? Do you know how many times police are cornered, and the PERP does have GUN??? Dont be so quick to judge, nobody here was in his shoes..
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    There is so much negatively toward cops. They have a tough job to keepthe peace and protect themselves.
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Josh; why don't you look on the internet about Mayor Calvo who is a part time Mayor in Maryland; who was completely innocent; had both of his dogs shot and killed and he and his mother-in-law were terrified by the police. Then write back about it is ok for police to come in with guns drawn and assumptions made. I also feel that it is a very difficult job for police to go into an unknown situation; case in point where 3 officers were killed responding to a dispute over a dog urinating. I think you should show a little compassion to a young man who has not been convicted or charged with anything. I hope that you are not the victim of inaccurate information or the wrong address and have to face the police who are trained to use their weapons safely.
  • by Josh Location: New York on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    Oh ya? the poor innocent civilian. He could of limited the threat to his life by not being in a DRUG house. But lets all forget that and focus our anger towards the officer. Makes sense, right?
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Apr 8, 2009 at 03:50 AM
    I am glad that the investigation went so quickly; so many times this is hanging out there for so long. My daughters know Derek and are still having a difficult time dealing with what happened to him. We trust officers to be able to deal with their weapons in a safe way and assume that unarmed people will not be shot. This sure is a wake up call to the general public. I only hope that Derek doesn't suffer any debilitating health effects from what he has gone through both physically and mentally. Derek we wish you well.
  • by Not Surprised Location: A Sick Twisted World on Apr 7, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Poor, poor police officer. Shoots an unarmed man during a "raid" and has to wait until his vacation is over to voluntarily turn himself in for a misdemeanor. And us lucky civilians get a free ride to jail from wherever we are if we get a felony arrest warrant placed on us for discharging a firearm.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    If a person can truthfully say they can remain cool while there is a possibility of being shot, one would conclude that that person is nuts. It is sad that the officer made the mistake. In the end, things will become clear to everyone.
  • by J.D. Location: Lansing on Apr 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    It's about time the Police in Michigan start being held responsible for their actions. All MI officers that I've encountered over the years have a serious abuse of power complex. Throw the book and whatever else available at him, I say.
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