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Retired Flint Police officer, current county park ranger, charged in shooting

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/04/14) - A retired Flint Police officer, and current Genesee County park ranger, has been charged, accused of shooting someone she thought had stolen her purse.

Police and prosecutors say that former officer, Jowanne Carrigan, shot the wrong guy - someone completely unconnected to the crime.

Carrigan was, at one time, a homicide detective at the Flint Police Department.

She's now charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. It carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

"I think it's the appropriate charge under the circumstance," said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

The shooting happened Oct. 30, outside of Popeye's on Clio Road. Investigators say it started at a laundromat across the street with Carrigan, an off-duty county park ranger, claiming her purse had been snatched by two men.

Police and prosecutors say Carrigan got in a vehicle and tried to chase the guys, but must have lost sight of them. But she saw someone, a man completely unconnected, according to investigators, all the while on the phone with 911.

Leyton didn't elaborate on what Carrigan said.

"It's a good piece of evidence for us, I think it certainly supports the charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder," Leyton said.

Police have said Carrigan fired at least one warning shot and then a number of rounds right at the man outside the restaurant and allegedly with her county-issued gun.

He was hit in the leg.

County Parks Director Amy McMillan said Carrigan remains on administrative leave.

The victim's attorney, James Craig, with the southfield based Feiger Law Firm, has already filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

"I think she should be charged," Craig said. "I think she should go to jail. Who goes around shooting at people?"

Carrigan's attorney, Dennis Lazar, declined comment, saying he has yet to see the police reports.

Online court records show Carrigan's warrant was issued May 27. She was arraigned May 29 and has a personal recognizance bond set at $5,000.

The Michigan State Police detective assigned to the case tells ABC12, two people have been identified as suspects in the purse snatching, but no charges have been issued.
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