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Allegan County deputy will not be criminally charged for shooting

Scott Rodgerson

During the evening of June 16th, an Allegan County Sheriff’s deputy followed a swerving silver Chevy Impala along 26th Street. The traffic stop ended with the shooting death of motorist Joseph Nagle.

A Michigan State Police investigation reveals the sequence of events. It begins with the deputy smelling marijuana in the car and a cellphone playing a video on the driver’s lap. Nagle exits the car for a field sobriety test.

The 22-year-old from Comstock Park, became agitated insisting he didn’t do drugs and that he was a delivery driver. He began yelling he had bad anxiety while walking back toward the Impala.

The deputy called for backup then a fight broke out. The investigation indicates the deputy absorbed 15-20 hits to the temple and jaw along with three to five head-butts.

The deputy stated he was losing consciousness and feared for his own safety. That’s when he fired a single shot striking Nagle’s chest. An autopsy concluded that was the cause of death. The toxicology report indicates cocaine and THC in Nagle’s system.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.