Published April 3, 2006 [ From the LSJ.com ] Prosecutors: Sergeant charged in shooting that sparked manhunt Midday update Lansing State Journal Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Lutz was charged today with filing a false report in connection with a shooting that prompted a massive manhunt in Delta Township for a black male suspect. In a stunning twist, Lutz faces two felony charges as well as two misdemeanor counts in the March 20 incident, according to the Eaton County prosecutor’s office. The felony charges are filing a false report of a felony and shooting at an emergency police vehicle. The misdemeanor charges are filing a false report over a police radio station and reckless use of a firearm. Lutz is expected to be arraigned Tuesday or Wednesday in Eaton County district court, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mike Eagen said. He faces a maximum of four years in prison on the two felony charges. Eagen said the court also could order him to pay restitution. Lutz was reportedly shot in the right arm shortly after 3 a.m. March 20 near the West Town Plaza. Police blocked off neighborhoods and conducted a massive search for a suspect. St. Gerard Church shut down its school and canceled two morning Masses while police searched the area, including some parishioners’ homes. “They were pretty frightened at the whole prospect that there might be a shooter running around,” said Father John Klein, St. Gerard’s pastor. “If people find out the whole thing was somehow fraudulent, that’s a pretty serious intrusion on people’s time and lives.” The sheriff’s department also released to the media a composite drawing and detailed description of a suspect: a black man, about 6 feet tall with a muscular build, in his mid-20s, with light to medium complexion and pock marks on his face. The mysterious man with a pock-marked face never existed, prosecutors say, and authorities have ended their search for a suspect in Lutz’s shooting. “We’re pulling the picture that’s been out there for a couple of weeks, based on today’s events,” Eaton County Undersheriff Fred McPhail said, referring to a sketch-artist’s rendering of a suspect that has been plastered on walls and windows across mid-Michigan. Lutz, who gave police the description of the suspect, remains on paid medical leave due to his injuries, McPhail said. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Department on March 25 turned over the investigation to Michigan State Police to avoid any conflict of interest. “In essence, they would have been investigating one of their own officers,” Eagen said.