Evart police on administrative leave pending review by Attorney General’s office

MARION — Two officers with the Evart Police Department remain on administrative leave as the Michigan Attorney General’s office is set to review their case this week.

The two officers, who have not been named, were placed on administrative leave following an incident on Oct. 11, which resulted in the death of 29-year-old Calvin James Schwab, of Marion.

According to the Michigan State Police, the Evart Police Department officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with a “domestic incident” report made by a woman on the evening of Oct. 11, at her home in Marion.

She reported her son, Schwab, came to the home, where she was with her husband, brandishing two large knives.

When the Evart officers arrived on-scene, they made contact with Schwab at the intersection of Third and Broadway streets near the home.

Police said Schwab complied with the officers’ commands to go to his knees, but he refused to place his hands on his head.

The MSP reported as the subject reached into his waistband and produced a “large bladed weapon,” one of the Evart Police Department officers who was positioned behind Schwab deployed his TASER into Schwab’s back.

Officers said this resulted in Schwab falling forward onto the knife, puncturing his chest cavity.

Schwab was declared dead at the scene, following unsuccessful attempts to render first aid.

Officials from the city of Evart advised that per policy, the two police officers were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation and review by Osceola County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac.

However, Badovinac explained due to potential conflicts of interest, a panel with the Michigan Department of the Attorney General will be reviewing the case to determine if any potential criminal activity occurred on the part of the police officers.

“An independent third party is sometimes best,” Badovinac said.

He noted he hopes to receive a determination soon.

Representatives with the Attorney General’s office could not be reached for comment by press time.

The case remains under investigation.