State Police completes Belding shooting probe

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:17 am on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bernard “Bud” Rowley

IONIA — The Michigan State Police Lakeview post has completed its investigation into the shooting that occurred in Belding earlier this month.

According to Community Service Trooper Keith Disselkoen the information gathered from the post has been turned over to the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ronald Schafer, Ionia County prosecutor, will review the information to determine whether the shooting was justified.

According to Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, at approximately 5:12 a.m. on Jan. 5, shots were fired outside the Belding Police Department, located at 120 S. Pleasant St.

Nelson said the officer then followed the suspect, Bernard “Bud” Rowley, 55, of Sidney, who was driving a white van.

Lt. Commander Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police Lakeview post said a trooper from the post responded to assist.

The officers stopped the vehicle on the corner of Belding Road and Hawley Highway, about 1.4 miles away from the police station.

According to Sweeney, after being ordered out of the van by police, Rowley exited the vehicle and began firing a number of shots at the Belding police officer.

Return fire was given by the police officers, in which Rowley suffered fatal wounds.

The Ionia County Prosecuting Office said there is a lot of information to go through and Schafer will begin to look at the case as early as next week.

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