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Sunday, February 28, 2010

[MI] Wife and stepson of ex state trooper Bart Cunningham are recovering from multiple gunshot wounds


Ionia shooting victims continue to recover
MLive
By Peg McNichol
February 27, 2010, 4:48PM
[Excerpt] Medical conditions for Wendy Cunningham and her son, Joshua Snyder, have been upgraded to fair. Cunningham, 42, and Snyder, 16, are recovering at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital after being shot during an apparent domestic dispute. Cunningham's husband, former state police trooper Bart Cunningham, 37, had shot them multiple times and took his own life in the Friday morning incident...

Two Shot in Ionia Home
WLNS
Feb 26, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Police say he shot his wife and sixteen year old stepson multiple times before killing himself. They say an argument occurred before the shootings. After that, the couple's thirteen year old daughter called 911.
The police chief says this isn't the first time they've been called to Cunningham's hom... This time he says it took the swat team fifty minutes to get inside the home with the help of the thirteen year old. David Bulling, Ionia Police Chief: "We were communicating with a thirteen year old on the phone to determine what the situation was and getting our team ready and deployed to go in and make an entry of the home, not knowing what the status of the shooter was"...

Suspected gunman dies after Ionia shooting, two others seriously injured
By Dave Odette The Grand Rapids Press
February 26, 2010, 9:01AM
[Excerpts] ...A 13-year-old girl, who was not hurt, called 911, and stayed on with the dispatchers throughout the ordeal. "She was able to give us updates as this progressed, and she was very helpful," Ionia Public Safety Director David Bulling said... A critical-response team, comprised of Ionia police and Ionia County sheriff's deputies, responded to the scene, but police did not fire any shots, Bulling said.

To see more collected news on this shooting, go to Renee's blog:

Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence
FORMER MICHIGAN STATE TROOPER BART CUNNINGHAM [KALKASKA STATE POLICE POST], SHOT AND CRITICALLY WOUNDED HIS WIFE WENDY CUNNINGHAM AND HIS TEENAGE STEP-SON JOSHUA SNYDER. BART CUNNINGHAM THEN COMMITTED SUICIDE. THE TEENAGE DAUGHTER OF WENDY AND BART WAS UNHARMED IN THE SHOOTINGS.
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1 comment:

  1. Trooper can avoid jail if he obeys
    April 8, 2003
    By DAN SANDERSON
    Traverse City Record-Eagle staff writer

    GRAYLING - A Michigan State Police trooper who assaulted a woman and groped two others at a Kalkaska bar will stay out of jail if he completes counseling and avoids alcohol.

    Bart Frederick Cunningham, 30, was sentenced by Chief 46th Circuit Court Judge Alton T. Davis to 90 days in jail Monday for assault and battery and attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    Davis, however, said he would suspend the sentence if Cunningham completes sentencing conditions while he is on probation for a year and half.

    "I'm sorry for the entire event," Cunningham told the court. "I wish I could go back and change my actions and decisions from this incident. Unfortunately, I cannot."

    Cunningham pleaded guilty to the two charges in January.

    The charges stem from a fight that occurred outside the Cedar Street Pub in May between Cunningham and a 49-year-old woman, who complained of minor injuries to her face and chest. Kalkaska police officers said that Cunningham also inappropriately touched a 32-year-old woman and groped a 39-year-old woman.

    Davis ordered Cunningham to avoid alcohol and submit to alcohol tests as well as attend domestic violence counseling. Cunningham also will have to register as a sex offender on the registry maintained by the Michigan State Police.

    "If you don't get straightened out, you are going to have a lot more problems as you go forward," Davis told Cunningham.

    Cunningham is expected to be fired later this week after 10 years as a trooper. He was suspended without pay following his arrest.

    The prosecution was handled by Grand Traverse County Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg because Cunningham had been a witness for Kalkaska County Prosecutor Brian Donnelly in other cases.

    The 46th Trial Court covers Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego Counties

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