The Bay County Prosecutor’s Office says after reviewing a State Police report, no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the circumstances leading up to the death of Leroi Kocsis. Kocsis committed suicide after a standoff with Bay City Public Safety officers, who were trying to arrest him in late February.
Kocsis fled into his house at 600 N. Sherman and fired several shots, one of which slightly wounded a Bay City officer. Investigators said the officers had a valid warrant to take Kocsis into custody for violating conditions of his bond in a sexual abuse case. Authorities said had Kocsis survived after shooting at the officers and barricading himself inside his house, he would have faced numerous felony charges.
The report determines that the officer who returned fire at Kocsis was “justified in his actions with an honest and reasonable belief that he was protecting his own life and that of his fellow officers.”