Sheriff: Armed man fatally shot by Oakland Co. deputy - FOX 32 News Chicago

Sheriff: Armed man fatally shot by Oakland Co. deputy in Independence Twp.

Posted: Updated:

By Amy Lange
Fox 2 News


INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -- "The door went up.  He turned around, made threatening comments, brandished the knife and came right at her," explained Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.

The sheriff said his 31-year-old deputy, an eight-and-a-half year veteran with the department, had no choice.  A man with a switchblade was coming at her and her partner at a home on Rattalee Lake and Allen roads in Independence Township.

"A situation where you're threatened with your life and death, you know, you have to protect yourself," Bouchard remarked.  "That's what this deputy was facing."

According to investigators, Sunday afternoon the 35-year-old homeowner barricaded herself in the bathroom and called 9-1-1 after her live-in boyfriend threatened her with a knife for hiding his cigarettes.  She said Jeremy Rucinski had been agitated for days and was on medication.  When sheriff's deputies arrived, the 38-year-old man with the knife was in the garage.  While two deputies went inside the house, two were outside when Bouchard said Rucinski opened the garage door and came at the two female deputies with the four inch blade.

"In a threatening manner was saying things threatening to the deputies, something to the effect of 'bring it on.'"

The sheriff explained one deputy, the farthest from Rucinski, tried to tase him.  The other deputy, just six to ten feet away, fired her weapon.  He was hit once in the chest and died.

"This individual was in six to ten feet.  The basic rule of thumb is 21 feet and you're in danger.  You're personally in life threatening danger if they're closer than 21 feet with an edged weapon."

The deputy is now on paid leave while the investigation continues.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Charges to be determined after teen dies in car crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:59:07 GMT
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
    Seven teenagers were on their way back from a bonfire late Friday night. A 16-year-old girl was behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition with her mom also in the car.
  • Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Fire from lightning strike devastates Roseville church

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:21:36 GMT
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
    A raging fire happens in Roseville and of all places to be struck by lightning - the steeple of the New Life Church of God in Christ.Pastor Darrell Moore and his family are devastated."I got here and I found out I really didn't have a church anymore, " he said. Moore was attending a Sunday evening service at another church, when a member of new life called him repeatedly. When he finally answered, it was bad news."The fire department was here, there was water everywhere," said Mary Moore, mot...
  • How to handle a dog attack

    How to handle a dog attack

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:48:45 GMT
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
    After a 46-year-old jogger was killed in a dog attack, a local expert gives advise on what to do if you're attacked by a dog.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices