Police identify man shot, killed by deputy

Kent County

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have released the name of the man who was shot and killed by a Kent County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety identified the man as 30-year-old Jonathan David Sper. The Wyoming Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

The incident happened Tuesday night in the 4000 block of Summit Court NE in Algoma Township.

Authorities said deputies responded to the address after a report that two adult brother were fighting. Then deputies separated the brother, after which there was a struggle with one of the men. Shots were fired, killing Sper. One deputy sustained minor lacerations and bruises. Sper’s brother was not hurt.

A few hours before the shooting, Sper was released from the Kent County Correctional Facility. He had been booked on a larceny charge and failing to obey an officer. He pleaded on those charges and was released with credit for the six days he spent in jail.

Authorities have not released the name of the deputy who shot Sper, but both deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.

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