Barry Co. releases 911 tape from officer-involved shooting
Updated: Friday, March 29 2013, 12:16 AM EDT
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 has obtained a disturbing 911 tape crucial to the Barry County Prosecutor's ruling that deputies were justified in fatally shooting a man following a domestic call.
On February 9th, Barry County Deputies were called out to a domestic situation at a home in Dowling.
By the time they arrived, the prosecutor says that Ralph Elliot was extremely intoxicated, had already shot himself in the head and was threatening police.
The 911 recording in question is of a conversation between Elliot and a dispatcher that was able to get through to him on the phone, and it paints a clear picture of what deputies were up against.
At 6:48 p.m., Elliot begins the 26 minute phone call with what sounds like a warning.
"This ain't gonna be pretty," Elliot said.
Elliot admits that he shot himself, but answers he doesn't need an ambulance, saying he only needs to be left alone.
Shortly after, Elliot issued a clear warning.
"It's not gonna be pretty if they stay here; I'm telling you, we're all gonna die," he said.
Finally, Elliot demands to speak with his wife.
When he is informed that his 6-year-old daughter is with his wife now, he breaks down, saying that his daughter can't see him "bleeding like this."
Just as it seems he is about to surrender, Elliot stops responding.
After nearly 7 minutes of silence, a call comes over the radio at 7:12 p.m.
The prosecutor says Elliot was given more than 19 commands by deputies to get down.
They used a tactical kick to one of his legs, and even used a taser, but he continued to move forward with his hands in his pockets until the prosecutor says the deputies were forced to shoot him.