Police have yet to file charges against 3 suspects involved in Mattawan police chase
MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) —
No charges have been filed against the three suspects who fled from a stolen vehicle during a traffic stop that sent Mattawan schools into lockdown Friday.
Newschannel 3's Rachel Glaser reported with information about two of the suspects. No charges have been filed but two of the three suspects are in custody on unrelated charges.
A Mattawan police officer is now on administrative leave while state police investigate why shots were fired.
Investigators say Gary Kingsbury III, 26, was behind the wheel of the Chevy Impala that was reported stolen. He is being held at the Van Buren County Jail on a parole violation.
Amber Hopkins, Kingsbury’s sister, said the car owner's daughter let him borrow the Chevy Impala before.
She said, “Somebody says that vehicle is stolen when you lend it to them and then shots are fired at that vehicle my brother could have lost his life.”
A Mattawan police officer started pursuing the vehicle, which had two women in the car.
The officer eventually fired five shots at the car and one of the passengers was shot in the leg.
She was treated, questioned and released.
Kingsbury took off running and was later arrested.
Hopkins said, “He ran because he was in fear for his life.”
His girlfriend, Lacie Tutt, 25, managed to sneak into Mattawan High School while the building was on lockdown.
She had three outstanding warrants in Kalamazoo County that went out in early October and was in Kalamazoo County Court on Monday for a bond violation hearing.
Hopkins said, “I just want people to understand and know that there are two sides to this story.”
She said her brother had an “on-again off-again” relationship with the car owner's daughter.
She said, “This is more of an, ‘I'm not getting my way with you and you've chosen somebody else over me therefore I'm going to do whatever I can to get back at you.’”
Off camera, the car owner's daughter said she lent Kingsbury the car once before, at the end of September, but never again.
The Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office said no charges have been filed in the case of the stolen car in Mattawan because they haven't gotten a police report yet.