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Ionia shooting victims identified; gunman committed suicide in domestic dispute

2-27-2010 Michigan:

UPDATE: Police say Ionia teen was on phone with 911 as former Michigan state trooper shot stepson, her mother, himself

IONIA -- Police have identified the man who shot and killed himself inside his Ionia home today as Bart Cunningham, 37. He is a former state police trooper who pleaded guilty to a sex crime in 2003.

Cunningham shot and seriously injured both his wife, Wendy Cunningham, 42, and her 16-year-old son, police said. The boy's name is Joshua Snyder. Both were in serious condition this afternoon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

The incident started as a domestic dispute, police said.

Bart Cunningham enlisted as a state police trooper in 1996, but resigned in 2004 while assigned to the Kalkaska post.

In 2002, Kalkaska police arrested Cunningham on a high-court misdemeanor of fourth-degree criminal-sexual conduct, state police records show. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to assault and battery and attempted fourth-degree criminal-sexual conduct and was sentenced to 18 months on probation.

In late December 2007, he was arrested in Ionia for domestic violence. He was sentenced to 12 days in jail and 12 months on probation. ..Source.. by Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press

1 comment:

close to them said...

it's so weird knowing someone close to me was harmed. this is a small, close town. he was just talking to me a few days before this happened. it's hard to take in. i know he's going to be okay, and so is his mom. but i can't imagine what they are going through having been put through that situation. i'm just so glad that they're still alive. he's a strong kid. he's gonna make it. i know it.