Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Calhoun Co.


PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Calhoun County law enforcement killed a man who allegedly shot two of his sons overnight after threatening to kill his wife.

The sheriff’s office idenitfied the suspect as 46-year-old Joel David Kellay of Battle Creek. 

Officers responded to a home on Kimball Avenue in Pennfield Township around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Saxton said Kellay returned home drunk and had a physical fight with his wife. During the struggle he got out a pistol and began shooting, missing the woman.

The woman managed to get to her parents’ home, which is next door, and called 9-1-1.

Four young men, ranging in age from 17 to 22, were still inside the home. Two of them were the couple’s children.

The sons got into an altercation with Kellay to get the gun, Saxton said. The 22-year-old was shot in the stomach and the 18-year-old son was shot in the arm.

Both were taken to the hospital for treatment and are expected to make a full recovery.

Calhoun County deputies and Battle Creek officers all responded to the home. One deputy and two officers entered it and found Kellay barricaded in one of the bedrooms.

Kellay then shot at the officers once with a shotgun and all three officers returned fire, killing the man, Saxton said.

None of the officers were injured. They are on administrative leave, which is standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting.

Michigan State Police are now handling the investigation.

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