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      Police officer cleared in shooting death of Mid-Michigan man

      A 15-year police veteran has been cleared in the death of a mid-Michigan man during a shootout last month.

      State police Lieutenant Kevin Sweeney said this week that the Ionia County prosecutor determined the January 5th slaying of 55-year-old Bernard Rowley was justified.

      Police have said Rowley fired shots outside the Belding Police department, shattering the window of a police cruiser.

      An officer inside the building heard the gunshots, went outside and saw a man getting into a van. The officer followed the van, called for backup and was assisted by a state trooper.

      When they stopped the van, Rowley got out and began shooting at the patrol cars. The Belding officer returned fire, killing Rowley.

      The officer's name was not released.

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