GT county settles case related to police shooting

Aug 30, 2018

Credit Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County settled with the family of Craig Carlson – who was killed more than 10 years ago.

In 2007, Carlson called police; he was armed and thought to be suicidal. After an 11-hour standoff with police, Carlson was killed by a sharpshooter. 

The sharpshooter was found not guilty years ago, but this recent settlement addresses allegations the police failed to get a search warrant.

“There was an allegation that the county had violated the decedent’s fourth amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure when two rounds of tear gas and a throw phone were thrown into the house without first obtaining a warrant from a magistrate,” says Chris Cooke, Grand Traverse County’s attorney.

A copy of the settlement obtained by IPR shows the county agreed to pay $250,000 to Carlson’s family to address the search warrant allegations.

“We were prepared to try that litigation and felt that we would prevail,” says Cooke, “but there’s a cost obviously associated with litigation.”

Cooke says the settlement is a “favorable outcome” and closes the case.

Grant Parsons, the Carlson family’s attorney, would not comment at this time.