Muskegon County deputy named ‘Officer of the Year’

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The officer who shot the man accused of firing shots into a crowd outside of Muskegon Heights High School following a basketball is being honored.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler announced that The Fraternal Order of Police has selected Deputy Thomas Schmitt as its “Officer of the Year.”

The shooting happened Feb. 9 after a basketball game between Muskegon Heights High School and Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills. Four people were injured during the shooting, including the suspected shooter, 21-year-old Clarence McCaleb, who was shot by Schmitt.

The Michigan State Police and Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department reviewed Schmitt’s actions, and found he was justified for his use of force.

Schmitt will receive his award at the Fraternal Order of Police Conference in Lansing in June.

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