A dispute between a man and his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend resulted in one of the men being shot.
According to Kalkaska County Police, a 26-year-old man from that county went to the residence of his ex-girlfriend where she lived with her current, 23-year-old, boyfriend on Saturday at around 9 p.m.
After a presumed confrontation the current boyfriend ordered the ex to leave, which he did, for a time.
After leaving the home, the ex-boyfriend continued to make threats of violence via messages to the woman and her boyfriend.
In a police report, law enforcement officials said,
“The messages declared that he was going to return to the residence to fight the current boyfriend.”
And at around 3 a.m. the next morning he did. But he was met by the homeowner who was armed with a rifle. Undeterred by the threat posed by the homeowner, the ex-boyfriend forced his way into the home, and a fight over the rifle began.
“The new boyfriend actually met him at the door with a long gun and told him to get off his property, to leave and leave them alone. At that point, a struggle ensued between the current boyfriend and the ex-boyfriend,” said Kalkaska County Sheriff Pat Whiteford.
The two struggled for some time over the weapon, the ex-boyfriend gaining control “for a short time” before homeowner was able to get a hold of him again.
Eventually, the homeowner produced a second gun, a “small caliber pistol”, and shot the intruder once in the chest. After officers secured the scene, he was rushed to Munson Medical Center for treatment and is currently recovering after surgery.
The homeowner was at first arrested by officers at the scene but released soon after questioning. However, law enforcement officials say the case will be forwarded to the Kalkaska County Prosecutor’s Office for review after the investigation is complete.
Sheriff Whiteford said the county Prosecutor, “… will decide at what point the homeowner had the right to protect themselves.”
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