Bodycam Footage Released In Deputy Involved Shooting

The Mackinac County Sheriff released the body cam video of a deputy involved shooting earlier this summer.

Deputies were called to a home to investigate a report of a felon in possession of a gun on June 3 around 6:30 p.m. The report indicated there were children in the home.

Two deputies arrived at the home and were confronted with James Avery Blevins, 39, holding a long gun. When Blevins leveled the gun at the deputies, one of the deputies fired his duty weapon. The bullet fired from the deputy’s gun hit Blevins in his hand.

Blevins was arrested and taken to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital for treatment of his injury.

After a review by the Michigan State Police State Police and the Mackinac County Prosecutor’s Office, it was determined the deputies involved were justified in their use of force.

The deputies were returned to full duty shortly after the shooting.

Blevins was sentenced Friday to up to five years in prison.

Blevins pleaded guilty July 19 to three of the six charges against him including: Felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and assault with a dangerous weapon. With the plea deal three additional charges were dismissed including assault with intent to murder.


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