Michigan – We’ll start this story by offering the good news, which is that all three injured law enforcement officers are “fine” and expected to make a full recovery after being shot during a hostage situation on Sunday night.
WOODTV confirmed that Kalamazoo authorities first responded to the Michigan residence on Sunday around 10:30 p.m. after a number of 911 calls were placed to dispatch about an invader inside a family home.
Deputies from the Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Office as well as DPS officer and Michigan state troopers descended on the house, located on Proctor Avenue near King Highway in Comstock Township, east of Kalamazoo, according to reports.
BREAKING: Heavy police presence here at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. News 8 has just learned an officer was shot. We’re working to learn the officers condition and the circumstances surrounding the shooting. pic.twitter.com/IQoNkmXaV2
— Whitney Burney (@WhitneyOnAir) December 2, 2019
While en route to the call, dispatchers were in communication with the family inside the home, as well as the suspect who was holding them hostage.
As the officers arrived at the residence and were getting ready to make entry, they reportedly heard a gunshot ring out.
They raced inside the home, but upon entry, more shots rang out from the suspect.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said that as officers moved through the home, they came under fire. Three of them were struck by rounds from the suspect’s firearm.
It appears as though during the operation, none of the officers returned fire at the suspect.
Fuller said that after the suspect allegedly shot and killed the homeowner and then fired on police, he tried to make his escape, but was caught and taken into custody without further incident.
“The officers involved appear to have fired no shots,” Fuller said. “All the shots that were fired are from the suspect alone — not the homeowner or the police officers.”
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The additional two hostages were successfully rescued and were not injured during the tense situation.
At least one of the injured officers is from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. He was identified as KDPS Officer Caleb Jones, who has served the department for the last three years.
Another injured trooper was from the Michigan State Police, confirmed by a tweet from the agency Monday morning. They noted that one of their troopers had been struck in the leg by gunfire during the call.
One of the 3 police officers struck by gunfire in the Comstock Township incident is Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer, Caleb Jones, a three year department veteran. He suffered a non-life threatening injury and continues to be treated at a local hospital. @wwmtnews
— Kirk Mason (@KirkMasonWWMT) December 2, 2019
That trooper has already been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
The agency of the third officer has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
All of the officers are said to have non life-threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.
“There (are) no serious injuries to any of the officers,” Sheriff Fuller said in a press briefing on Monday morning. “All three officers have either been released (from the hospital) or will be released in the morning.”
Fuller did not make any comments on whether the suspect and the family of hostages had shared any connection, but Michigan State Police commented that at that time Monday morning, no ties had been found.
The suspect remains in custody but there is no word yet on the identity of that individual.
The Kalamazoo DPS released the following statement of thanks to the officers as well as tipping their hat to the homeowner that was tragically killed during the incident.
“The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is very thankful that all officers survived the incident, and mourn the loss of the one victim,” the agency said in a statement. “The officers acted courageously…”
Three officers, including a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer and a Michigan State Police trooper, were shot and a homeowner killed by an intruder Sunday night at a Comstock Township home, according to police: https://t.co/1k984jP7WB
— WSBT (@WSBT) December 2, 2019
An additional press conference is scheduled for Monday morning at 11 a.m.
“As many spent this past Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family giving thanks, our local law enforcement officers have been tirelessly on duty. In the past 48 hours, we have now locally had four officers shot while serving their communities; officers never waiver in their duty to respond or their willingness to go where needed. I ask all to take a moment and give thanks for these public servants,” said KDPS Chief Karianne Thomas in a statement.
One state over, police are still on the lookout for a criminal on the run.
Among the numerous tattoos that Donald Murray has above his shoulders are the words “CRIME PAYS” in one-inch capital letters.
Now police in Terra Haute are looking for him after he allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase.
Police said Murray was identified after Friday’s episode of Live PD featured the pursuit. Ryan Adamson, who is the public information officer for the Terra Haute Police department, said Murray faces charges of criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.
The chase started after police tried to pull over a vehicle that was being operated without headlights. Police say that the driver escaped after crashing into a tree and that the passenger told officials that he did not know the driver’s name.
A viewer of the show wound up calling the police to identify the driver as Murray.
Anyone with information on Murray’s whereabouts is asked to call Vigo County Central Dispatch at 812-232-1311.
Rest assured, Murray isn’t the only criminal out there that lands in the category of “not as smart as they look.”
When a perpetrator gets away with a crime, he must have an overwhelming sense of relief and the urge for a bit of celebration.
After all, he’s just pulled off an illegal act and left no evidence behind that could tie him to the act. Imagine the relief he must feel upon getting away with murder.
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