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Final report released on deadly officer-involved shooting in Missaukee Co., prosecutor says it was justified

UPDATE 11/15/23 10:20 a.m.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY — The Missaukee County prosecutor has issued their final report on a deadly officer-involved shooting in the county, saying: “After a thorough review of the facts and the case files for the officer involved shooting on October 5, 2023 that resulted in the death of Brandy May Neibert, the matter has been deemed a justifiable shooting.”

The prosecutor goes on to say that due to Neibert’s aggressive manner and possession of a weapon, along with the officer’s need to protect themself and others, Michigan law allows for shooting in self-defense.

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10/31/23 10:45 a.m.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY — The Missaukee County prosecutor says the preliminary report suggests an officer-involved deadly shooting earlier this month was justified.

A mutual aid emergency response team (ERT) was executing an arrest warrant in Norwich Township when they say the woman, Brandy Neibert, confronted officers with a knife.

Neibert was wanted on multiple violent felony warrants. Deputies had attempted to arrest Neibart on multiple occasions before but say they were met with violent resistance on those attempts.

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After negotiations failed with Neibert failed on Oct. 5, ERT used less-lethal options including a taser, pepper balls and tear gas. They say all were unsuccessful in gaining compliance.

When Neibart advanced with the knife, she was shot one time in the chest. Even after being shot, Neibart still didn’t drop the knife. ERT was finally able to knock it out of her hand and take her into custody.

They say she received immediate medical treatment and was taken to the hospital, but died on the way from her injury.

The officer has been cleared to return to duty.

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10/20/23 11:45 a.m.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY — Michigan State Police have identified the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting in Norwich Township.

Troopers say 41-year-old Brandy Neibert was killed earlier this month while the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force Emergency Response Team, or ERT, was serving an arrest warrant for her. They say she confronted them with a knife.

The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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10/5/23 5:20 p.m.

MISSAUKEE COUNTY — Michigan State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place Thursday in Norwich Township.

MSP said that around 1:45 p.m. the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force Emergency Response Team (ERT) was conducting a search warrant for the arrest of a 41-year-old Lake City woman in Norwich Township. They said that during the arrest, the members of ERT were confronted by the woman, who was armed, and that during this confrontation the woman was shot and killed.

Both the Missaukee County Sheriff and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff requested that Michigan State Police investigated the shooting.

Per department protocol, the officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

As of right now, there are no other details about this investigation.

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