No charges to be filled in deadly Bath Township police shooting
‘The lethal force that Sgt. Hamilton used in response of the perceived threat was justified and not excessive given the gravity of the situation.’
BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - No charges will be filed in a Bath Township police shooting that killed a 24-year-old man Jan. 2.
According to authorities, the results of Michigan State Police’s investigation into the shooting was turned over Jan. 20 to the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office, who ruled the shooting was “a reasonable use of force given the circumstances at hand at the time of the shooting.”
The shooting happened at the Dutch Hills Mobile Home Park, where a resident reportedly contacted police regarding a domestic violence situation.
Bodycam footage captured a police sergeant responding to the scene, where a man pointed what police believed was a gun at the sergeant and his mother. He was shot several times.
Police said the handguns the man had were later revealed to be replicas.
“When Mr. Gainforth left the house with two pistols and proceeded to point them in the direction of both Sgt. Hamilton and his own mother, a reasonable officer in the position of Sgt. Hamilton would have felt that both his life, and the life of Mr. Gainforth’s mother were in danger,” the prosecutor wrote. “A reasonable officer in the position of Sgt. Hamilton would not have been able to tell that the pistols were not ‘real guns.’ As a result, the lethal force that Sgt. Hamilton used in response of the perceived threat was justified and not excessive given the gravity of the situation.”
The Bath Township Police Department said its own investigation into the incident found no policies or procedures were violated.
“This was a tragedy for all involved,” said Bath Township police chief Gary Smith. “Our hearts go out to Sgt. Hamilton and his family, as well as the family of the deceased, 24-year-old Lucas Charles Gainforth.”
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