Prosecutor: Officer's fatal shooting of teen justified - WNEM TV 5

Prosecutor: Officer's fatal shooting of teen justified

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) - The police officer who was shot while investigating an attempted breaking and entering in Bay City is back on the job and prosecutors are not pressing charges.

Brandon Murphy was injured after being shot in the leg last month in pursuit of a teen suspect, Jacob Haglund. Haglund, 17, passed away in early February, after spending weeks on life support.

The incident happened at a home at the intersection of Fourth and Hampton streets on Bay City's east side. According to police, Murphy and another officer responded to a home for a report of an attempted breaking and entering.

One officer was talking to a resident while officer Murphy searched the area. Murphy encountered the suspect and ordered him to stop. The suspect then allegedly pulled a gun on Murphy and shot him. Murphy returned fire, striking the suspect.

Bay County prosecuting attorney Kurt Asbury said the shooting by Murphy was justified, adding Murphy was protecting his own life.

"All of a sudden we heard about five or six gunshots, just bop bop bop, and about five seconds later we looked out the window and we seen all the cop cars coming," Jeff Johnson said.

Johnson lives in the 1600 block of Third Street on the east side of the city. Just before those shots were fired one of his neighbors called police, saying someone had broken into her house.

The white male suspect then ran away. Two officers arrived at the scene, one of them Murphy, followed some footprints in the snow and saw the suspect about a block away.

"Confronts the suspect, then the suspect doesn't obey commands, and the suspect pulls out a firearm, a handgun, fires at officer Murphy striking him in the leg. Officer Murphy returns fire, striking the suspect multiple times," said Michael Cecchini, director of Bay City Public Safety.

The shooting alarms residents.

"For us just moving in, with four kids, kind of gets me kind of scared," Johnson said.

Cecchini said it's unusual for this type of incident to happen on the east side of Bay City.

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