Authorities say there was a history of gunplay at the South Edon Road residence in Reading, Michigan, where 32-year-old Oscar Herrera was reportedly shot and killed by a Hillsdale County Sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night.
In a press release issued Thursday, Michigan State Police reported that deputies were dispatched to the residence following a complaint about a loose dog.
When the first deputy arrived and made contact with Herrera, he was attacked and bitten by Herrera’s dog. When he shot and killed the dog, Herrera pulled a knife and the deputy shot him as well. He was pronounced dead at the scene by local paramedics and the knife was recovered.
The Hillsdale Daily News reported that on March 9 Herrera had been arrested when multiple agencies responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired.
In total, seven Michigan State Police troopers, two sheriff’s deputies and the Reading Police Department responded to the house that day and found the man was “intoxicated and upset” when he exited the residence, began yelling and then fired several rounds from a handgun into the wooded area behind the residence. Police recovered the weapon and he was charged with possessing a firearm while intoxicated and reckless discharge of a firearm.
The Reading Police Department reported Herrera had been arrested for “a similar offense under similar circumstances in 2018.” No injuries were reported during either of the previous incidents.
The deputy involved in Wednesday’s shooting was taken to the Hillsdale Hospital where he was treated for dog-bite injuries and later released.
The deputy’s name has not been released but Hillsdale County Sheriff Scott Hodshire said the deputy had more than seven years of experience in law enforcement and that he had been placed on administrative leave per office protocols.
The Michigan State Police’s First District Special Investigation Section is conducting an investigation of the shooting. Once complete, their findings will be submitted to the Hillsdale County Prosecutor for review.