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MSP trooper under investigation over dash-cam video

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A Michigan State Trooper is  under investigation and on administrative leave after he pulled over an 18 year old girl and pointed his gun at her. The St. joseph County prosecutor says the trooper should be fired for a comment he made. It was all caught on his dash cam.

The unidentified woman was pulled over by the Trooper Timothy Wagner for speeding. It happened near U.S. 12 on April 15 near Sturgis, Michigan. An initial investigation was done by Detective 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen on whether the trooper used excessive force.

"How'd it feel having a gun pointed at you?" That comment is what quote "traumatized" an 18-year old woman. The comment was said by 19 year veteran Michigan State Trooper Timothy Wagner. He says he pulled the woman over for speeding and drew his gun because he was thinking of his safety first. Wagner says he chased her for nearly two miles before she pulled over.

In the back of the squad car, the woman tells Waner she was speeding home because her father called and said their house had been robbed. Wagner confirmed with dispatch she was telling the truth... and that police were en route to her house.

Michigan State Police forwarded the investigation to the St. Joe County Michigan Prosecutors Office. John McDonough, assigned to the case, says he was appalled and disgusted by Wagner's behavior. But he turned the file back over to the Michigan State Police for an internal investigation..

McDonough says he's not moving forward with the criminal prosecution because he says he's confident the Michigan State Police will handle Wagner's punishment appropriately. The Michigan State Police released a statement saying "Inappropriate behavior like this is not condoned or tolerated.

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