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Hearing reveals more information about man shot by Portage Police
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're learning more Monday night about the moments before a police officer shot a knife-wielding assault suspect last week.
33-year-old Michael Mackins is in the Kalamazoo County Jail, charged with four felonies.
Police say Mackins repeatedly stabbed the mother of his child in a car last Tuesday before taking off and trying to make a run for it.
Now, we're learning that the victim asked Mackins to return home to Chicago more than once during the three days he stayed with her.
Police say he threatened to hurt the woman and their child if she didn't drive him to Battle Creek.
Testimony by Michigan State Police Detective Michael Spring lead to charges against Mackins.
The probable cause hearing happened just hours later police say Mackins forced the mother of his 3-year-old child to sit in front of a hot stove, threatening to kill her and blow the apartment up.
"Mackins then calmed down, they left the apartment and tried to get him to leave, even obtaining a bus ticket for him in the city of Kalamazoo," Det. Spring said.
But Mackins wouldn't leave.
"He asked her to drive him to the Battle Creek area, she did that under duress; during that ride, she was assaulted with a knife repeatedly," Det. Spring testified.
Police say Mackins stabbed her in the face, and hand at Romence and Constitution before he jumped out of the car and ran.
The mother called police and after a short time, a Portage Public Safety officer found Mackins and shot him in the leg during a struggle.
The 33-year-old was charged with four felonies, including assault with intent.
The victim is now out of the hospital, and is recovering at home with her toddler, while Michigan State Police continue their investigation.
Before the incident, Mackins was out on parole after he confronted a police officer with a weapon in Illinois.
He has been charged with five felonies there in the past.
Mackins will be back in court on December 30 for his preliminary hearing.
He's been ordered to have no contact with the victim.