Woman shoots sheriff - Traverse City Record Eagle Nov. 2, 1988
Woman gives up after shooting sheriff BALDWIN ( U P I ) -- A dispatcher for the Lake County Sheriff's Department is something of a hero today in this remote northern Michigan town. State Police credit Mrs. Beatrice Post with talking a distraught woman into surrendering to police late Tuesday after the woman shot and critically wounded Lake County Sheriff Lonnie Deur as he attempted to serve her with commitment papers to a mental institution. "She did a real good job over there," said Sgt. Joseph Brabenec of the State Police post at Reed City. "She really outshone everybody by talking this woman into surrendering." The woman, identified as Mrs. Ruby Chapman Nelson, 42, surrendered to police a little over an hour after Deur was shot in the lower chest with a .22- caliber pistol. She and her three children, who witnessed the shooting, left the house without further incident after Mrs. Post talked to her over the telephone. Brabanec said Mrs. Post told the woman how her own husband, then- Sheriff Joseph Radden, was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a similar emergency situation about 10 years ago, Deur, 29, was taken to Reed City Hospital but later transferred to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He underwent three hours of surgery and was in "stable but critical" condition today in an intensive care unit of Butterworth, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said. State Police said the episode began shortly before 6 p.m. when Deur and an official of the state Department of Mental Health went to Mrs. Nelson's rural home to serve her with commitment papers. The woman opened fire, striking Deur, and then refused to leave the house. Her three children, ages 16 and under, were inside with her. With deputies and state troopers con- verging at the scene, authorities asked Mrs. Post to call the woman and urge her to surrender. Shortly after 7 p.m., Mrs. Nelson left the house and was taken into custody without further incident. State Police said Mrs. Nelson had a history of mental problems, but did not elaborate. They credited Mrs. Post with helping prevent any harm to the woman's children and others involved.