Jury Clears Grand Traverse County Deputy

Nov 2, 2013

This week a federal jury in Kalamazoo took little more than two hours to determine there was “no cause of action” against Grand Traverse County Deputy Charlie Jetter. Their conclusion comes after years of civil litigation stemming from the death of an Interlochen man in 2007.

Craig Carlson, 49, died by a single bullet after an all-night standoff at his home. Carlson was suicidal and heavily armed.

Jetter, a sharpshooter, fired the fatal shot after he said Carlson shouldered his weapon and aimed at other officers on the scene.

Before the case went to trial, Judge Paul Maloney had dismissed from the case other defendants including Grand Traverse County, former Sheriff Scott Fewins and a Traverse City police officer in tactical command at the scene.