No charges for Eaton County sergeant after shooting teen in traffic stop

An Eaton County officer who tased and shot an unarmed teenager in February who had flashed his highbeams at the officer, will not face charges in connection with the teen's death. 

The stop happened February 28 on M-43 near Cochran Road in Roxand Twp. Sgt. Jonathan Frost pulled over Deven Guilford after the teen flashed his highbeams at the officer. In body camera footage and cell phone video that the teen shot, Guilford admits to flashing his brights and says that he did so because he believed the officer had his highbeams on.

During the stop, Sgt. Frost asked for Guilford's ID but the teen refused to hand over the paperwork. 

The officer then told the teen that his cruiser was new and the lights were brighter because they were brand new. He said that other drivers had flashed him that night as well and he pulled those drivers over without incident. 

The teen again refuses to hand over his driver's license and the officer calls for backup. At that point, the officer opens the car door and tries to forcefully remove the teen. He draws his taser and tells the teen to get out or he'll get tased. 

The teen get out of the car on his own and his still holding onto his phone to record the incident. Once he lays face down on the pavement, the officer tosses the phone to the side and tries to arrest the teen while still holding his taser. Sgt. Frost ordered the teen to put his hands behind his back and that's where the physical struggle started. 

The officer ordered him to get his hands behind his back before tasing Guilford. The teen gets to his feet and, in the officer's body cam footage, he ca be seen briefly, upright and appears to be moving towards the officer. The footage shakes for a few more seconds before it ends. 

In Guilford's cell phone video, which was still recording on the pavement, several gunshots can be heard.

Guilford was shot seven times and died from his injuries. 

Eaton County Officials maintained that Frost had been injured in the struggle. On Thursday, the Lansing State Journal received and released the pictures of Frost from that night. Frost has has blood on his face and appears to have a cut on his forehead that caused they heavy bleeding.

On Tuesday, Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd announced there would be no charges. 

Attorneys for the family told the Lansing State Journal the actions were "unreasonable" and said the family is planning a federal civil lawsuit.

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