Michigan man charged in connection to shooting of elderly pro-life volunteer
a Michigan man She was accused of shooting and injuring an 84-year-old pro-life woman who was roaming door to door against a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee access to abortion for women in the state.
Richard Harvey, 74, was charged Friday with felony assault and reckless discharge of a firearm that caused injury.
Michigan State Police Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler said in a statement that the investigation into the September 20 shooting at Harvey’s home in the town of Odessa, and the attorney general’s office recommended that he be charged.
The woman, Joan Jacobson, told investigators she was urging a woman at home to vote against Proposition 3 in the November election when she was ordered to leave.
She told the Detroit News that she was heading to her car when she “heard a shot” and “felt some pain.”
Jacobson said she drove to a local police station after the shooting, and that she was later treated at the hospital.
Harvey, 74, told WOOD-TV that he accidentally shot Jacobson while she was arguing with his wife. He said he asked Jacobson to leave their property several times.
He said he fired a warning shot into a tree with his wife’s 22-caliber rifle, but Jacobson continued to “scream and babble” and wave the holster.
“I think it’s going to hit Sharon with that,” Harvey said. “So without thinking, I went to hit him with the rifle and my finger was still in the trigger guard. He exploded and hit her.”
Jacobson, a longtime volunteer with Right to Live Michigan, stresses that she never waved her holster.
If Proposition 3 is passed in November, Abortion rights It would be constitutionally guaranteed in Michigan. A 1931 state law criminalizes most abortions, but the law was suspended in May, and a judge this week ruled it unconstitutional.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.