Iron County Prosecutor: Officer, deputy ‘justified’ in fatal shooting in Iron River
Prosecutor Chad DeRouin says Iron River Police Department Officer Curt Harrington and Iron County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Mansell “were justified in their use of deadly force in the shooting of David Bridgette.
IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) - Following a months-long investigation in Iron County, the Iron County Prosecuting Attorney has made a determination in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Iron River this summer.
Prosecutor Chad DeRouin says Iron River Police Department Officer Curt Harrington and Iron County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Mansell “were justified in their use of deadly force” in the shooting of David Bridgette in Iron River on June 24, 2021.
On that day, just after 4:00 p.m., Officer Harrington was dispatched to the home of Bridgette and his wife, on Cayuga Street, for a well-being check.
A few minutes after Officer Harrington arrived, he was joined outside the home by Deputy Mansell. After entering the home, the police were met by Bridgette, who was carrying a pistol in his right hand.
Then, Officer Harrington told Bridgette to drop his weapon, but he refused, before pointing it at Officer Harrington. As this happened, both Officer Harrington and Deputy Mansell fired their guns, hitting Bridgette in the face, abdomen and right arm.
Investigation documents noted that Bridgette later died at his home, following life-saving measures.
In the report, the forensic pathologist said Bridgette died from “multiple gunshot wounds.”
In his subsequent investigation and determination, Prosecutor DeRouin said “Officer Harrington and Deputy Mansell were faced with a tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving [circumstance]” and that the shootings were “justified”... to “protect Officer Harrington from the danger posed by [Bridgette].”
As as result of the investigation, no charges will be filed against Officer Harrington and Deputy Mansell.
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