Investigation continues into fatal shooting involving police in Chesaning
CHESANING, MI – Officials continue to investigate a shooting involving police that left a man from Chesaning dead at his home, though they are keeping details by their waistcoats.
“The lead investigator is looking to get the report to the prosecutor within a week or two,” Michigan State Police Lt. Lizabeth Rich said. “They are still waiting for reports.”
Detectives from the MSP Second District Investigative Response Team are investigating the filming.
The incident that resulted in the death of 40-year-old John R. Neitling occurred on the morning of January 7. At approximately 6:20 a.m., members of the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team were serving a search warrant at a house at 406 E. Broad St. The police team was serving the warrant at name of the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, or BAYANET.
Members of the EST approached the front of the residence and Neitling confronted them with a gun, police said. The police shot him in response.
Soon after, police found the late Neitling inside the residence. Police safely removed a 33-year-old resident from the home.
Neither the woman nor the police were injured, police said.
The EST members involved have been placed on administrative leave, according to departmental protocol, while the investigation is ongoing.
As of Thursday, January 14, police did not disclose how many EST members fired their guns, how many times Neitling was hit by their gunfire, whether Neitling fired himself, or how many soldiers were on administrative leave.
They said crystal meth was found in the house.
Records show the woman was arrested in April and subsequently charged with possession of a drug house and a felony firearm. She was released on $ 5,000 bail on May 4.
Authorities revoked the woman’s bail on January 7 and placed her in the Saginaw County Jail after the shooting. She has remained in jail since January 14, although no new charges have been authorized against her by the Saginaw County District Attorney’s Office.
Neitling has no record with the Michigan Department of Corrections, staff confirmed.
Neitling’s funeral arrangements are managed by Misiuk Funeral Home in Chesaning, although details of services are pending.