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November 1, 2013

GT deputy cleared in shooting death lawsuit

TRAVERSE CITY — A jury cleared a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy of civil liability in the 2007 shooting death of an Interlochen man during a standoff.

A federal lawsuit filed by the estate of Craig Carlson accused Deputy Charles Jetter of police misconduct. But jurors on Thursday deliberated less than two hours before returning not guilty verdicts, said county Commissioner Christine Maxbauer, who attended the trial.

An eight-member jury unanimously found “no cause of action” against Jetter, said Traverse City attorney Grant parson, who represented Carlson’s estate.

Trial began Monday in U.S. District Court in Kalamazoo. Carlson’s estate sought punitive damages of over $3 million.

Jetter was part of a law enforcement special response team whose members responded to Carlson’s house on a report that he was armed and acting irrationally. Jetter shot and killed Carlson to conclude an 11-hour standoff on Nov. 10, 2007.

Authorities said Jetter shot Carlson when it appeared he pointed a rifle at officers.

County commissioners last year rejected a mediated settlement proposed by its insurance carrier and effectively took over the financial risk.

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