Mich. State Police investigating after GR officer discharges weapon during confrontation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - One suspect is in custody after an officer in Grand Rapids fired their weapon in the course of a confrontation Saturday.
No one was injured or struck by the round, but police are looking for a second suspect who they say took off.
It all happened in the area of Worden, Henry and Franklin Streets in the southeast section of the city.
It all started with a call to 9-1-1 around 2:15, about a man chasing another man through the neighborhood.
"The 911 call was one man chasing another man with a gun, with one shot fired," said Sergeant Terry Dixon, with Grand Rapids Police.
When police responded to that 9-1-1 call, the two male suspects were in sight. But both suspects refused to go quietly, as both made a run for it in opposite directions.
"One of the suspects ran through a number of houses before he was confronted by an officer," Dixon said. "The suspect did turn, and attempted to pull a handgun from the waist. An officer fired a minimum of one round, possibly two."
Police say the shots missed hitting the suspect, but they say he surrendered, and was taken into custody.
"We just heard gun shots," said Hope Cooper, who was in the area at the time.
"Pulled one guy out between the white and blue house and they had the gun pointed at him like this," said witness Shianne Peterman.
There no injuries to either officers or suspects.
Investigators combed the area thru the afternoon as they gather more evidence.
A K-9 unit was unable to track down the other suspect who fled the scene. Police only have a very vague description, and are urging anyone who has any information to contact Silent Observer right away.
The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure for the department when an officer discharges their weapon during an incident like this.