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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Michigan v. Fisher
Citation:558 U.S. 451 (2009)
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Police officers responded to a complaint of a disturbance near Allen Road in Brownstown, Michigan. Officer Christopher Goolsby later testified that, as he and his partner approached the area, a couple directed them to a residence where a man was “going crazy.” Upon their arrival, the officers found a household in considerable chaos. Through a window, the officers could see respondent, Jeremy Fisher, inside the house, screaming and throwing things. The officers knocked, but Fisher refused to answer. They saw that Fisher had a cut on his hand and asked him whether he needed medical attention. Fisher ignored these questions and demanded that the officers go to get a search warrant. Officer Goolsby then pushed the front door partway open and ventured into the house. Through the window of the open door he saw Fisher pointing a long gun at him. Fisher was charged under Michigan law with assault.
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