Craig Carlson

Grand Traverse County

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

An October jury verdict has not ended a civil court battle over the 2007 death of an Interlochen man by police bullet. The family has appealed to the U.S. Sixth Circuit.

Craig Carlson died by a single bullet from a police sniper after an all-night standoff at his home. The family says he was mentally ill and suicidal. He was also heavily armed and the sharpshooter who fired on Carlson testified he believed the man was a threat to other officers.

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.

A Grand Traverse County deputy testified in federal court he had no choice but to shoot Craig Carlson after a stand off at the man’s Interlochen home in 2007. Wednesday’s testimony was the first time Charlie Jetter has spoken publically about the shot he fired, ending an 11-hour barricade.

Arriving On Scene
Deputy Charlie Jetter lived close to Craig Carlson’s home in Interlochen. He was one of the earlier officers to arrive on the scene as part of a regional SWAT team.

Jury Could Hear Carlson Shooting Case

Jan 6, 2011

A federal judge has ruled in favor of former Grand Traverse County sheriff Scott Fewins in a wrongful death lawsuit that goes back to a 2007 police scene.

But it remains a question whether a deputy and sharp-shooter used excessive force when he killed Craig Carlson. That may go to trial this fall.

Craig Carlson died by a single bullet, after an all-night standoff with police at his home in Interlochen. He was 49. Three years after his death, and it's the final moments of his life that remain a mystery.

Former GT County Sheriff Dismissed From Lawsuit

Jan 5, 2011

A civil lawsuit against Grand Traverse County and former Sheriff Scott Fewins has been dismissed by a federal judge.  But the sniper who shot Craig Carlson in November 2007 could still end up before a jury. Deputy Charles Jetter is accused by Carlson's family of using excessive force.

Carlson Case Continues Toward Trial

May 13, 2010

A lawsuit over the death of an Interlochen man who died by police sniper back in 2007 continues toward trial in federal District Court. A possible settlement has been rejected, and sealed.

Craig Carlson died after an all-night standoff with police at his home. His family has sued Grand Traverse County, former Sheriff Scott Fewins, and others who were on the scene that night.