Cass Co Sheriff: Teen was acting in self defense

Posted at 4:54 AM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 15:44:13-04

VANDALIA, Mich. — Police ruled a teen accused of shooting a man in the abdomen was acting in self defense.

Deputies say it happened in the 62000 block of Cass Avenue in Vandalia around 10 p.m. Friday night.

First responders found 37 year-old James E. Hodges Jr. with a gunshot wound to the abdomen after a domestic altercation. He was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital and remains in critical but stable condition.

The ensuing investigation found the un-identified 15 year-old was acting in “self defense and the defense of another” according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.