KENT COUNTY, Michigan – A Kent County sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man, Prosecutor Chris Becker said Thursday, Jan. 9.
Deputy James Davis shot and killed Steven Saucier, 34, on Nov. 24 at Saucier’s home at 4600 100th Street SE in Caledonia.
Becker determined that Deputy Elizabeth Donovan’s life was in danger when Saucier – intoxicated, threatening and belligerent – pushed her to the ground. He held a .45-caliber revolver in the “low-ready” position, but it was pointed at the deputy.
“One of the more powerful pieces of evidence which leads to the conclusion that this shooting is justified can be found in the statement of Deputy Donovan just after the incident happened,” Becker wrote in a report.
“She told Deputy Davis, ‘You saved my life. Seriously.’”
The statement was captured on in-car police video.
Becker said that the incident was senseless, with intoxication playing a big role. Sheriff’s deputies were responding around 4 a.m. to multiple 911 calls, including those from Saucier who repeatedly told a dispatcher to hurry up and get police to his home.
Police were told that Saucier had assaulted three people and “is now threatening to shoot someone.”
After police arrive, Saucier’s wife, Megan, can be heard telling her husband that police are outside. She then screams, “Oh my God,” when her husband is shot by the deputy who was armed with a shotgun.
Saucier had been at two bars earlier in the night, and appeared to be drinking at home, before he was shot. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent. A motorist is presumed intoxicated at 0.08 percent.
Saucier’s wife provided police with video taken inside their home.
Becker said the deputies acted appropriately responding to a situation that should never have happened. He said that witnesses told police that Saucier’s actions were out of character.
“His wife said she’s never seen him like this,” Becker said.
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