Michigan v. Fisher

PETITIONER: Michigan
RESPONDENT: Jeremy Fisher
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 09-91
DECIDED BY: Roberts Court (2009-2010)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 558 US 45 (2009)
GRANTED: Dec 07, 2009
DECIDED: Dec 07, 2009

Facts of the case

Jeremy Fisher was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. At trial, he argued that evidence be suppressed because its acquisition violated the Fourth Amendment. Leading up to Mr. Fisher's arrest, police officers responded to a complaint of a disturbance where upon their arrival Mr. Fisher was screaming inside the house, throwing things, and bleeding. After the officers inquired whether Mr. Fisher was okay, he ignored them and told them to get a search warrant. One of the officers then pushed the door open and entered the house and found Mr. Fisher pointing a gun at him. The trial court granted Mr. Fisher's motion to suppress the evidence, which was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The Michigan Supreme Court denied permission to appeal.

Question

Did the Michigan Court of Appeals err when it held that a person's Fourth Amendment rights are violated when law enforcement officials engage in a warrantless search although there was evidence of a serious and life-threatening injury?