Police Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting

By: News 10
By: News 10

Late Friday, Ingham county's prosecutor cleared Lansing police officer Billy Windom in a fatal shooting.

Officer Windom has been dispatched to a South Holmes house on September 13 to investigate a domestic assault incident. As officer Windom walked up to the house, John Richard Ferguson came out and raised a rife at the officer. After ignoring repeated demands to drop the gun, Windom shot and killed Ferguson.

Toxicology tests have show that Ferguson was intoxicated at the time.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III concluded the shooting was in self-defense and no crime occurred.


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  • by Darlene Location: Lansing on Dec 3, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    My heart goes out to the family of the victim, too. He made stupid choices because of alcohol and his family and Windom had to pay the price for his choices. Windom is a caring Officer and what he and others have to deal when going to a domestic call is scary for all officers. They can't prepare for the unknown. It could turn out to be a loud argument or end with a visit from a "gold shield" to the officer's home informing them he/she will never be coming home again. From personal experience (a firefighter), I can honestly say there are no words to describe how that impacts the the family,friends and brother officers for the rest of their lives. Most people don't realize that firefighters and police officers are sometimes much closer than their "real" family. I feel terrible that it usually takes so long to clear the Officer and they go through a terrible time emotionally and with the internal investigation. Windom, I'm sorry for what you had to go through to make that decision or even be put in that situation. I know that stays with you for the rest of your life. Myself and many others respect you and admire your bravery. Thanks to you, the other officers and firefighters for putting your life on the line everyday.
  • by blake on Dec 2, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    Would be easier to read if the writer knew how to use spell check
  • by Mindy Location: Lansing on Dec 2, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    I heard this when it happened on the scanner. I'm glad to see that the officer was cleared - it sounded like he really had no choice other than the one he made.
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