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Posted on: March 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Battle Creek Police investigating shooting death, following apparent break-in

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek Police are investigating the shooting death of a 40-year-old Fulton man that occurred the evening of Wednesday, March 8.

Police responded to a distress call received from the Georgetown Estates Apartments, located at 1975 E. Columbia Ave., around 9:41 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, officers found Donald Richard Guthrie, who had been shot. Guthrie was transported by LifeCare Ambulance to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to the police investigation so far, it appears that Guthrie had forced his way into the victim’s Georgetown Estates apartment, at which time the victim shot Guthrie. At this time, it appears that the victim acted in self-defense.

Police are still investigating this incident and the case will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for review.

Due to the ongoing investigation, police will not release further details at this time.


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