Hersey man identified as subject shot by MSP trooper

MARION — Michigan State Police have identified the man killed by a trooper on Wednesday afternoon near Marion and released additional details about the circumstances.

According to a news release from Michigan State Police, Eugene Kailing, 43, of Hersey, was shot by the officer after charging toward the trooper with a metal pipe.

Shortly after noon, a trooper from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post was dispatched to a report of a suspicious situation near the intersection of M-115 and 20 Mile Road in Osceola County. A caller reported a car was on its side, up against a house on the southeast corner of the intersection. The caller also said there was a male subject frantically running around.

The trooper arrived at the location at 12:24 p.m., making contact with Kailing. While the incident remains under investigation, early findings and statements from witnesses indicate Kailing rushed toward the trooper with the pipe. The trooper tased Kailing, but the device had no effect on him and he continued toward the trooper with the pipe. The trooper then fired his service weapon, striking the subject.

The release did not identify the trooper involved in the shooting.  An autopsy is being conducted today in Grand Rapids. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw Kailing at this location on either July 14 or 15 is asked to contact the MSP Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola Emergency Medical Services, MSP Aviation Unit, MSP Cadillac Post and MSP Grand Rapids Forensic Science Laboratory assisted at the scene.