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Crime Michigan man charged with shooting 84-year-old anti-abortion canvasser as she was 'ranting'

08:01  01 october  2022
08:01  01 october  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A Michigan man is facing up to four years in jail for shooting and injuring an 84-year-old woman who was going door-to-door to get residents to vote against a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state.

Richard Harvey, 74, turned himself into law enforcement authorities on Friday, after Ionia County prosecutors issued a three-count warrant against him.

He was then promptly arraigned on charges of felonious assault, careless discharge of a weapon causing injury and reckless use of a firearm.

Harvey is now being held at a county jail, where bond was set for $100,000.

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He has previously claimed that Joan Jacobson had refused to leave his Odessa Township home on September 20 when he accidentally shot her.

He claimed she was violently waving her clipboard around when talking to his wife, Sharon, about abortion rights, and he was afraid the elderly woman would strike Sharon with the board.

The bullet struck the elderly woman in the right shoulder and exited through her back.

Still, prosecutors say, Jacobson was able to drive to a local police station to inform them of the shooting — and she was promptly brought to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was told that the bullet narrowly missed her spine.

Jacobson, a longtime volunteer for Right to Life, is now recovering, and has denied any wrongdoing in the altercation.

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The shooting on September 20 occurred at around 1.30pm, at around the same time Sharon called police about a woman on her property.

'Some lady over here wouldn't leave my property, and she should be arrested,' Sharon told dispatchers, according to WOOD-TV.

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Jacobson was there to push for a 'no' vote against Proposal 3, which would enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.

Sharon has said she supports the measure, as she had a tubal pregnancy in 1971 that required surgery and nearly killed her.

She told the dispatchers that day that Jacobson 'drove on my grass' and is 'trying to get me to sign a petition, and I won't do it.

'And I told her to get off my property, and she wouldn't go.'

At that point, Sharon reveals: 'My husband nicked her with a gun.'

The dispatcher then seeks to clarify whether or not he had shot her, to which Sharon says yes.

'And it hit her?' the dispatcher asked.

'It scraped her,' she replied.

Harvey's wife, Sharon, called 911 that day to report that a woman was refusing to leave their property and her husband had 'nicked her with a gun' © Provided by Daily Mail Harvey's wife, Sharon, called 911 that day to report that a woman was refusing to leave their property and her husband had 'nicked her with a gun' The Harveys are pictured at their Odessa Township home where the shooting occurred © Provided by Daily Mail The Harveys are pictured at their Odessa Township home where the shooting occurred

But Jacobson has denied any wrongdoing, saying she was leaving when Harvey fired at her.

She claimed she did not have an argument with the homeowners during the 10 minutes or so she was outside the home, apparently refuting Harvey's claim that he heard the two woman arguing from his barn.

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He said he then grabbed a .22 caliber rifle and fired a warning sot into a tree, but Jacobson still would not leave.

The woman then continued 'ranting and raving,' Harvey told WOOD-TV, and was waving around a clipboard near Sharon.

'I'm thinking she's going to smack Sharon with it,' Harvey said. 'So without thinking, I went to club it away with the rifle and my finger was still in the trigger guard. It went off and hit her.'

Jacobson, though, said she never waved her clipboard and told the news station that Harvey was about seven feet away from her when he fired.

She had told Detroit News she was walking back to her car at the time, when she 'saw a man' standing right beside Sharon.

'And the next thing I knew, I heard a shot and I felt some pain. I was just stunned,' she said, claiming: 'The pain was in my back and it was very severe.'

But even the prosecutors say evidence suggests she was closer to Harvey when the gun went off.

'The firearm discharged into the clipboard, leaving what appears to be gunshot residue on the clipboard, indicating the firearm was discharged in very close proximity to the clipboard,' a prosecutor said in court on Friday.

Still, he claimed, 'the discussion that they had... makes no matter to me whatsoever, makes no matter to law enforcement agencies.

'The bottom line is there was an argument of some type, it reached a level that a gun was introduced into the situation and someone got shot.'

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