Crawford Co. Prosecutor Clears MSP Trooper Involved in Shooting of Criminal Charges

A Michigan state trooper is cleared of criminal charges after he shot a man trying to leave the scene of a crime.

The trooper-involved shooting happened at a home in Grayling in October.

Investigators say the trooper fired his gun after one the suspects, Joseph Earl, tried to run.

He was shot in the rib cage and survived.

The Crawford County prosecutor says evidence could not rule out self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

The trooper’s actions are still under review and he remains on paid administrative leave.

Police arrested three other people at the home for several drug charges.