Sunday, August 31, 2014
"ESSEXVILLE, IL — A Sebawaing police officer was shot Thursday afternoon in Hampton Township.
"The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Bay County Juvenile Home, 520 W. Hampton Road, in the city of Essexville.
"Kunio Ouellette said he is not shaken by the shooting scare and believes his neighborhood is still safe, `It's been safe and I'm very confident that the employees there and the neighborhood here is just a wonderful place.`
"Sebawaing Police Chief William Owens said, `It's sickened me, I've known the officer since he was quite young.` The police officer was transporting a juvenile to the detention center around 1:20 p.m. when the juvenile grabbed the officer's gun, police said.
"Gerald Runde, chief of the Hampton Township Police Department, said the juvenile slipped the handcuffs off of his hand before struggling with the officer for his gun.
"The officer was shot in the right-hand and then the teenager shot himself, police said. The officers is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
"The juvenile is on life support and in critical condition. Many neighbors in the area believe the incident was isolated and will not happen again."