A ruling issued Thursday by Ionia County Prosecutor Ronald Schafer says police were justified in shooting and killing a man following a vehicle pursuit in early May.

According to the ruling, police tried to arrest 31-year-old Steven Goble (pictured) after he violently assaulted his wife May 4th sending her to the emergency room two times in two days.

Goble led officers on a chase thought northern Ionia County, both in a box delivery truck and on foot, that lasted about two and a half hours.

The pursuit came to an end when an armed Goble approached police yelling at them to shoot him.

Goble shot at a Michigan State Police trooper with a pump-action shotgun, hitting the troopers cruiser.

The trooper opened fire on Goble, but did not hit him. Goble continued to advance of officers ignoring commands to drop his weapon.

Goble advanced on officers and began to point the gun at officers when he was shot once by an officer. Police called for medics immediately.

Goble then sat up and aimed his gun again at officers, then three officers fired a total of four shots hitting Goble twice more.

Goble's injuries were fatal and he died in a field area of Hubbell Road and M-66 in Orleans Township north of Ionia.

Toxicology reports showed Goble was clean for drugs and alcohol, showing he "was of clear mind during the incident."

The prosecutor said Goble had a criminal history including assault, fleeing police and malicious threats, and led police on a dangerous chase that threatened the public.


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