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Prosecutor asks police to keep working gun investigation involving Michigan lawmaker

Rep. Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix) is being held in the Lansing city jail while the prosecutor reviews an incident that allegedly included shots being fired.
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Public
Rep. Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix) is being held in the Lansing city jail while the prosecutor reviews an incident that allegedly included shots being fired.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prosecutor on Friday asked police for more information in an investigation of a Republican lawmaker who was arrested after officers responded to reports of possible gunshots in the state's capital city.

“No charges have yet been filed, though it is in further investigation status,” said Scott Hughes, a spokesman for the Ingham County prosecutor, in a text to the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Prosecutor John Dewane said Lansing police submitted a request for charges against Rep. Neil Friske, but he asked officers to continue the investigation.

“Our office will continue to work in coordination with law enforcement on this matter,” Dewane said.

Friske, 62, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. Thursday in an area where he owns a condominium. He was released Friday.

“Our position is Representative Friske is an innocent person and we’re going to work to establish that,” defense attorney Ed Zeineh told The Associated Press. “Substantively I have nothing to comment on. I haven't received any police reports. We are just beginning our investigation.”

Friske has a conservative voting record during his first term in the House. He represents Charlevoix and Emmet counties and portions of Cheboygan, Chippewa and Mackinac counties, all in northern Michigan.

His family operates a popular fruit orchard in Charlevoix County.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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