BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — The two Barry County deputies whose bullets struck a man and killed him Saturday will have reports filed with Michigan State Police by Wednesday, Detective Chuck Christiansen says.
Five deputies fired at Ralph Elliott, 41, of Baltimore Township during a standoff Saturday night. Two bullets hit Elliot, and he died from the resulting injuries at a local hospital.
The Barry County Sheriff’s Department to a domestic call on the 9800 block of Banfield Avenue in Baltimore Township around 7:00 p.m. that evening after Elliott’s wife Jackie called 911 from a neighbor’s house. She told the operator her husband had a gun.
MSP says Elliott had two handguns at one point during the standoff and had fired two shots before authorities arrived on scene. MSP could not confirm that Elliott had any weapons drawn when deputies opened fire. The standoff occurred outside Elliot’s mother’s home, just next door to the home Elliott shared with his wife and two of their children.
Elliott’s ex-wife Amy tells FOX 17 that Elliott was a “great man” who was very generous and helping in his community. She says even after they separated, Elliott was still one of her best friends. She is currently taking care of the children she shared with him.
Amy believes the deputies reacted too quickly with their gunfire, and that Elliott should still be alive.