UPDATE: Prosecutor determines self defense, “Officer justified in fatal shooting”

UPDATE: Prosecutor determines self defense, “Officer justified in fatal shooting”

UPDATE — 3:41 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (EDT)

Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese has determined that the shooting death of an Ishpeming Township man last week by a Marquette County Sheriff’s Deputy was in self–defense.

The shooting occurred Thursday on the 200 block of Silver Street in Ishpeming Township. 68-year-old Clifford LeRoy Tucker was shot four times by Marquette County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Romback.

Romback was dispatched in response to Tucker making suicidal statements. When Romback arrived, Tucker approached him with a shotgun. Romback instructed him to put the gun down.

Tucker told Romback to “just shoot me.” After being shot several times, Tucker was taken to U.P. Health System – Marquette and was later pronounced dead.

Michigan law states that if a person acts in lawful self-defense, their actions are justified as not guilty. Romback was the only law enforcement officer at the scene at the time of the shooting. It was found that he was in imminent danger and needed to defend himself.


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According to Marquette County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office a deputy responded to the 200 block of Silver Street just after 8:50 a.m.

The man within the residence had called Marquette General Hospital to say that he was in severe pain and was going to take his own life.

Upon arrival, the Deputy was confronted by an elderly male who was described as extremely agitated and confrontational.

The Deputy engaged the individual in conversation in an effort to calm the situation, but eventually the individual leveled a shotgun at the deputy.

After unsuccessfully pleading with the individual to put the weapon down, the Deputy discharged his weapon at the individual and immediately requested an ambulance.

The subject was transported to UP Health System–Marquette where he was later pronounced dead. The Deputy was not injured.

Names of the deceased and the involved Deputy are being withheld pending family notifications and review by the Prosecuting Attorney.