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September 21, 2013

Benzie County deputies kill pit bull

BENZONIA — A Benzie County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked his partner who was trying to take a suspected drug dealer into custody.

Deputies were dispatched to the Benzonia Township home of Steven James Loope, 27, after receiving a call that shots were fired Friday at 1:41 a.m., said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.

Loope had been arguing with his roommate and a mutual friend. He allegedly retrieved a handgun and fired off multiple shots. The two victims escaped without injury, Schendel said.

Loope had two existing felony warrants out for his arrest for the delivery and manufacture of psilocybin (mushrooms), a controlled substance, and the delivery and manufacture of marijuana, Schendel said.

County deputies and Traverse Narcotics Team officers obtained a search warrant later on Friday. They found a stolen .45 handgun in Loope’s bedroom, which matched the description of the weapon used in the alleged assault, spent .45 casings, along with other evidence and narcotics.

The Benzie County prosecutor issued additional felony warrants for weapons-firearms, receiving and concealing; assault with a dangerous weapon; and a firearm used during the commission of a felony.

Loope’s bond was set at $250,000. TNT expects to press additional drug charges.

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