Man Found Guilty Of Shooting Muskegon Police Officer

Posted at 12:48 PM, Mar 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-21 12:48:02-04

MUSKEGON, Mich — Paul Osborn, on trial in the shooting of Muskegon Police Sgt. Monica Shirey, was found guilty on six counts Thursday.

The shooting took place on December 11, 2012, when several officers were called on a domestic dispute on Oak Road in Cedar Creek Township. After 11:30 p.m. during a teen’s birthday party, Osborn, 44, had apparently beaten his wife and shot a neighbor in the leg. Police did not inititially find Osborn, but they cleared the teens and wounded neighbor from the scene.

When the officers searched for Osborn, he fired at them, hitting Sgt. Shirey in the leg. Shirey recovered and testified in court.

The conviction came after a bench trial, where one judge decides the case instead of a jury. Muskegon Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hicks presided and convicted Osborn. Sentencing is set for April 26 at 8:30 a.m.

FOX 17 obtained 911 recordings from the night of the shootings:

  • 23:37:41 “Oh my god they’re all in our garage, hurry up and get here, get the police here now!
  • @near02:19:29 “The armed suspect is no longer in the garage, wow, we don’t know where he’s at now.”
  • @00:04:06 “Shots fired.”
  • @00:06:30 “Officer hit.”
  •  @00:09:42 “Oak and River, officer down. Get Pro Med up here.”
  • @00:28:20 “Monica Shirey has been shot, the suspect is in custody.”