A report from the Michigan State Police regarding an officer involved shooting at Lake Columbia has been forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor. Columbia Township Police Chief Jay Niles says the results of the State Police investigation will be reviewed by the County’s chief law enforcement official, Jerard M. Jarzynka.
Michigan State Police say the incident occurred at approximately 2:09 am, on March 31 in the 100 block of Hawthorne Drive. 36 year old Erik Poul Moller Nielsen from Lake Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police say the incident started with a Columbia Township police officer dispatched to a medical assist. State Police indicated their investigation would include the events leading up to the shooting.
Chief Niles says the Columbia Township officer has 6 years of law enforcement experience, and was not injured. Immediately after the event, the officer was placed on administrative leave, per Department policy. The officer will remain on leave as the prosecutor completes his review.