Off-duty DNR officer to stand trial in Michigan camp shooting

LANSING, MI – An off-duty DNR conservation officer who shot a person during an altercation in May 2023 will stand trial.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Ryan Cox, 22, of Mancelona, ​​was required to arrive Monday. He was charged with assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder and felony firearm in December 2023.

Attorneys representing Brandon Davis filed a lawsuit in June in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeking $250 million in damages. The lawsuit claims Cox used excessive force and was grossly negligent when he fired the gun.

Cox intervened in a verbal and physical altercation involving his father and other campers at Merrill-Gorrel County Park in Barryton in May 2023.

He allegedly announced himself as a DNR law enforcement officer before firing several shots, hitting Davis.

“We trust law enforcement officers to maintain the public trust and enforce the law,” Nessel said. “My office takes seriously allegations against those who violate this trust, on or off duty, and is committed to ensuring that anyone who violates the law is held accountable.”

Although Cox was off duty at the time of the shooting, the DNR asked Michigan State Police to investigate the incident. The charges were filed after that investigation.