Man shot by state police in Newaygo County was armed with air rifle.

May 25, 2021

MSP photo of the pneumatic rifle.

Man shot by state police in Newaygo County was armed with air rifle.

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Newaygo Co. — Investigators have released the identification of the man who confronted troopers from the Michigan State Police, Hart post, and was fatally shot by police Saturday morning, May 22, as Johnny Owen King, 63, 

King had been living at the address where the incident occurred, according to a press release issued by MSP Tuesday afternoon, May 25.

“Troopers were investigating a domestic assault and were inside a travel trailer when they requested King to come outside to talk with them. King refused and armed himself with what appeared to be a rifle, at which time he was shot,” states the press release. 

“The weapon has been examined by the MSP Grand Rapids forensic laboratory and has been identified as a .177 caliber pneumatic gun.” 

The incident remains under investigation.

Initial reports by other media stated that the shooting occurred in Hesperia, but it took place in Newaygo County’s Beaver Township, which is near Hesperia.

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