SPRINGFIELD, Mich. (WOOD) — An internal investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Springfield has been completed by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting happened on Feb. 3 after Sgt. Chris Bacik spotted the pickup truck of a man believed to have been involved in a robbery. Bacik attempted to stop the suspect, but the driver kept going. After a short pursuit, he stopped at a home, went into the garage and came out armed with what appeared to be a pistol. It was later determined the suspect was carrying an airsoft gun.
Bacik opened fire, shooting the suspect twice in the torso. The suspect, 50-year-old Derrick Shirk, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
After reviewing the report prepared by the Office of Professional Standards, Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton determined Bacik was justified and within the agencies policy with his use of force during the incident.
Bacik, a 14-year veteran, has been cleared of any wrongdoing and he will return to duty on Friday.
Prosecutors have authorized charges against Shirk for fleeing and eluding, assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting and obstructing and habitual offender.
At the time, Shirk was a parole absconder. He has been taken into custody by the Michigan Department of Correction for an alleged parole violations.