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Barry Co. releases 911 tape from officer-involved shooting
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Barry County Central Dispatch is releasing the frantic 911 calls from a deadly deputy-involved shooting.
On February 9th, police and deputies in Barry County went to a home in Baltimore Township on a domestic violence call.
That's where they encountered Ralph Elliott, allegedly drunk and armed with a handgun.
Officers say they were forced to shoot and kill him.
On Tuesday afternoon, Barry County Central Dispatch released the recording of the 911 call made by Elliott's wife.
It give a greater understanding of what kind of situation police officers and deputies walked into that night.
The call begins right after Elliott's wife ran to a neighbor's house for help.
She tells the operator that Elliott has been drinking and that he has a gun. After gathering herself a little, she explains that her husband has done this before.
She mentions that in the past, Elliott went to jail for "threatening to shoot (her)," but that it appeared her husband's aggression that night was directed mostly at himself.
"He said 'I'm not going to jail, I'm going to shoot myself and I'm not going to jail,'" she reported.
As the dispatcher began to give instructions, the situation escalated.
Minutes later, one of Elliott's neighbors told her that her husband had shot himself.
Believing he was dead, she ran home to get her daughter, and her neighbor took over the call.
The neighbor informed the operator minutes later that the situation had just gotten worse, as Elliott got out of the truck.
Moments later, officers arrived on the scene, and said that Elliott came after them with a gun.
The officers say they gave Elliott numerous warnings, and even tazed him before being forced to open fire.
The Barry County Prosecutor said that at this point, she is simply waiting for autopsy and toxicology results for Elliott.
She expects to get them within the next month.
At that time, she says she will likely be able to give her decision on whether the officers were justified in their actions.