Ossineke recalls slain officer

Courtesy Photo Edward Jagst, 48, is pictured in this photo provided by the Canton Police Department.

ALPENA — A 48-year-old man shot and killed in his Brighton home Monday morning has ties to Alpena.

Edward Jagst, a Canton police officer who lived in Brighton, grew up in Ossineke, attended Sanborn Elementary School, and graduated from Alpena High School in 1991.

Officers with the Brighton Police Department responded to a home in the 300 block of Woodlake Drive in Brighton after receiving a 911 call from the teenage daughter of the victim, The Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.

Police found Jagst dead in his bed with a gunshot wound, according to the Free Press.

Officials said the girl told the dispatcher her brother shot and killed her dad and was going to kill himself, the Free Press reported. The 18-year-old son had left the home by the time officers arrived.

Police negotiated with the son on the telephone, convinced him to return to Brighton, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Ed Aube said he grew up about two miles from where Jagst lived on Nicholson Hill Road in Ossineke. Aube learned of Jagst’s passing on Thursday.

“Ed always had a smile,” Aube said in a Facebook message. “(He) was very funny and great to be around. We didn’t keep in contact over the years, but I wasn’t surprised to learn that he went into law enforcement. He was always thinking of others.”

Beverly Slayden said she taught Jagst at Sanborn Elementary School. Slayden said she remembers he was “very nice and well-mannered.”

Alpena resident Chuck Helinski said he graduated from AHS with Jagst and that he was a great guy.

“He had lots of stories from being a police officer at our 20-year reunion when I talked to him last,” he said in a Facebook message. “He will be greatly missed.”

Jagst was a 21-year veteran of the Canton Police Department, a news release from the Canton Police Department said.

Jagst was an active patrol officer who worked in several special units. He also served as a school resource officer at Plymouth Canton Educational Park.

“Officer Jagst was a remarkable man who was strong in his faith, and was a truly loving husband and father,” Canton Police Chief Chad Baugh said in the release. “He was a shining example of love and service, and our Canton Police family, past and present, consider ourselves fortunate to have known him. Our hearts go out to the Jagst family at this time of tragedy.”

A memorial visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Keehn-Griffin Funeral Home, 706 W. Main St. in Brighton. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. June 29 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 711 Rickett Rd. in Brighton, with a memorial mass to follow at 10:30 a.m.


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