Victim, officer identified in deadly Lansing police shooting

Lansing area sees two deadly police shootings in four days.
Police identified the man killed afternoon as Nicolas Micko, a 35-year-old man from Lansing.
Published: Jan. 5, 2023 at 6:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2023 at 5:49 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A 35-year-old man from Lansing was killed Thursday in a police shooting on Irene Street.

Police identified the man Friday afternoon as Nicolas Micko.

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At about 5 p.m. Thursday, Lansing police officers responded to reports of a man with a gun on Irene Street. Police said when officers arrived on the scene, they heard gunshots and called for backup and Michigan State Police troopers came to assist.

Police said they encountered the man, who was armed with a handgun and reportedly threatened officers while moving toward them before he was fatally shot.

Authorities said officers provided medical treatment, but the suspect died at the scene.

Lansing police said the officer involved was James Zolnai, who has worked with the Lansing Police Department for five years. He, along with three Michigan State Police troopers, are on leave as the investigation is ongoing.

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Police Chief Ellery Sosebee has met with Micko’s family and expressed condolences on behalf of the city and police department.

The shooting is under investigation by Michigan State Police and the Lansing Police Department will do its own internal investigation.

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