Deputies who shot and killed Reid return to work

January 10, 2019

By Pat Maurer

Three Clare County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who were involved in the fatal shooting of Robert William Reid, 42 of Harrison, in November are back on duty, pending the final review and determination of the Clare County Prosecutor, according to Sheriff John Wilson.

Wilson said another article incorrectly stated that the deputies were “cleared in an internal investigation by the Michigan State Police”.

Wilson explained, “No law enforcement can clear anyone of criminal charges; that has to come from the prosecutor.” He continued, “We can, and did, following our own internal review of the incident, ‘administratively’ clear the deputies to return to duty, a normal process.” He said the deputies have been back on duty since early December.

Reid was fatally shot by the deputies, who have not been named, on November 21, when they were called to the scene of a reported felonious assault in the 1900 block of South Finley Lake Avenue in Lincoln Township around 9:24 p.m. November 21st.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid

When deputies arrived they were “involved in the shooting,” a release from Mt. Pleasant State Police investigators said after the incident.

According to a November post on 9 & 10 News, Reid’s father, Robert Reid, said his son had told his uncle, who was in a trailer on the property, that, “I’m going to pass away tonight,” and made his uncle promise to stay inside the trailer, “no matter what.”
The MSP were called to investigate the shooting and the three deputies involved were placed on paid administrative leave, part of the process, Wilson said. He added that it was “the first fatal shooting by county deputies in the 30 years he has been with the department.”

Findings of the investigation were forwarded to Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, who said last week that she had received all of the MSP findings except for the autopsy report.

In an article by her published last week, she said she hoped to have a final determination in the incident by the end of the month. “I have received all of the body cam video and all of the audio available. I have also reviewed all of the reports in my possession. I have started the legal research and once I receive the final documentation, we will make a final determination.”
Ambrozaitis said, “It is my hope…I will be able to get our final decision publicized before the end of January.”

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