“She was a right wing nut” so I shot her – Richard Harvey, Gretchen Whitmer Donor

Richard Harvey shot Joan Jacobson as she was canvassing against the pro-abortion amendment. Photo by The Daily News.

Details are emerging about the shooting of an 83 year old pro-life canvasser who was out speaking to neighbors about Michigan’s upcoming pro-abortion constitutional amendment.

Court hearings in the trial of Richard Harvey got underway in Ionia County Circuit Court, which is located in Stanton, a small town in central Michigan.

The accused, Mr. Richard Harvey of Lake Odessa, has a public record of giving political donations to Democrats on at least 35 separate occasions, including donating to Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign as recently as January of 2022.


Mr. Harvey, the 74 year old man accused of shooting Joan Jacobsen, denied that he shot her on purpose, calling his victim a “right wing nut.”

However, the 911 call made by Richard’s wife proves that Richard Harvey had fired off a warning shot and then a second shot at close range into Joan Jacobsen’s shoulder near her neck.

Judge Questions Why No Major Felony Charges Were Filed

Judge Raymond Voet advanced the case to trial and wondered why no major felony charges were issued in such a clear cut case.

The court could ask why there isn’t a felony firearm charge as well, but that’s not my business … It’s clear to me that Mr. Harvey did fire a warning shot to send a message to Ms. Jacobsen, and then he also shot her. Thankfully he didn’t kill or paralyze her considering how close it was to her spine. We’re lucky that no one was more seriously hurt.

Michigan Circuit Court Judge Raymond Voet

Joan Jacobsen Takes the Stand

As reported by local Michigan newspaper, The Daily News, Joan Jacobsen was the first to take the stand and gave her version of what happened.

“I volunteer for a coalition of Michigan citizens to support women and children to try to defeat Proposal 3,” she said. “I had gotten a list of absentee voters so I was trying to reach absentee voters.”

Jacobsen said she didn’t know the Harveys when she knocked on their door and began speaking with Sharon.

“She got very angry and we had an exchange for about three to four minutes,” Jacobsen said. “The only thing I said to her was did she know it was going to amend the state Constitution? And she said she didn’t care. She was very upset, very agitated about it. She said, ‘you don’t have a right to be here, get off my porch, get off my property.’ I said ‘I do have a right to come and talk to you.’ I could be the mailman or the FedEx man. I wasn’t breaking any laws just coming to talk to her.

“Then I got off the porch and started walking back to my car,” Jacobsen said. “She was yelling at me as I was going down the sidewalk. I did ask her to stop yelling at me. She was behind me and then all of a sudden I realized she was very close to me in the grass while I was on the sidewalk. She was on her cellphone and she was saying she was going to call the police. I was thinking to myself, ‘call the police, I’m not doing anything wrong.’

“I turned and looked to see where she was and then I saw there was a man standing beside her,” she said. “It just happened so fast. I saw he had a gun, it was a long barrel. By the time it registered in my brain that there was a man with a gun, I heard a shot and I felt the pain. I said to myself ‘did he shoot me?’ I was just in shock and I just started proceeding to get to my car, which was not too far away at that time.”

The shot also struck the clipboard that Jacobsen was holding.

Jacobsen said she feared for her life as she got into her car and looked out her window, seeing the Harveys standing there looking at her as Richard was still holding the gun.

“I thought this guy’s gonna shoot me again, right through the window of my car,” she said. “The pain was so intense in my back. I was in shock. Stunned.”

Jacobsen drove herself to the Lake Odessa Police Station, From there, she was taken by ambulance to a Grand Rapids hospital. She was discharged from the hospital later that day.

“The bullet went in and out,” she said. “They said it narrowly missed my spine, it went into the soft tissue.”

Daily News, Thursday October 20, 2022

No FBI Raid

Like most crimes committed by pro-abortion individuals against pro-lifers, the FBI was not involved in the case of the shooting of Joan Jacobsen. What is surprising is that it took a public confession on the nightly news for the police to even decide to issue an arrest warrant for Richard Harvey, and even then, he was given the opportunity to turn himself in.

The sequence of events is astounding to say the least.

On September 20th, Joan Jacobson, a peaceful elderly canvasser, approached the home of the Harveys and was met with vitriol causing her to attempt to leave. As she attempted to leave and was walking away from the Harveys, Mr. Harvey fired a warning shot, then he approached Joan Jacobson and shot her with the bullet coming dangerously close to the spine. Mrs. Harvey then called 911 and confirmed, not only that Mr. Harvey shot Joan Jacobson, but that he fired two shots, the second of which hit Joan Jacobson. Clearly, the shooting was not accidental, but intentional. The police arrived at the scene but for some reason did not arrest Mr. Harvey on the spot.

A full week later, WOOD TV Channel 8 went to the Harvey’s home where Mr. Harvey admitted on air to shooting Joan Jacobson. At that point, Channel 8 stated that the Michigan State Police were “investigating” the incident, but Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler stated that “he’s waiting for police reports before deciding on whether to file charges.”

Finally, on the morning of September 30th, 2022, a full ten days after the shooting, Mr. Harvey turned himself in to the police after an arrest warrant was issued against him. His bond after shooting Joan Jacobson was set to $10,000.

Why would a man who shot an unarmed 83 year old pro-lifer, and confessed to it on a 911 call, not be arrested immediately?

Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Governor who appointed the current Director of the Michigan State of Police is none other than ultra pro-abort Gretchen Whitmer.

Is it possible, that Governor Whitmer called up the Michigan State Police to try and do damage control or cover up the inconvenient fact that one of her pro-abortion supporters shot an unarmed elderly pro-lifer?

Is it possible that the local prosecutors were pressured into not filing more serious charges against Richard Harvey?

The judge certainly seemed surprise.

Governor Whitmer has made the main focus of her entire campaign, the fact that she will “fight like hell” to ensure aborting children in the womb is considered a fundamental right in Michigan. Would fighting like hell include pulling strings with the state police and prosecutors to downplay pro-abortion violence before a crucial election?

Stay tuned as American Pro-Lifer continues to investigate and inform you of new developments on this case.

1 Comment

  1. I believe we’re gonna have to stop being so passive when these far left psychopaths assault us. I believe in an eye for an eye. I have a bad temper and have zero tolerance for anyone who supports a so called “right to abortion.” That’s also why I don’t go to any rallies or marches. If one of those scumbags started trouble with me I would not just back down and I can’t afford to go to jail and lose everything for someone who is the scumbags of the earth

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