Officer charged with firing gun into car in which woman hurt
PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan police officer has been charged with recklessly firing her gun during a traffic stop involving a stolen vehicle that left one person with minor injuries.
Mattawan police Officer Chelsey Omilian was arraigned Friday on the charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $500 fine. She was released and couldn’t be reached for comment.
The charges stem from a Nov. 3 incident in which nearby schools were locked down. Michigan State Police Lt. Chuck Christensen said the bullet or shrapnel from the vehicle struck a woman in the car, wounding her knee.
The driver, Gary Kingsbury, has been charged with unlawfully using a motor vehicle and resisting and obstructing police. He remains jailed.
Mattawan Chief Scott Herbert says in a release Omilian fired because she thought Kingsbury was trying to run her over. She’s no longer working for the department.