Deputy who arrested Dalton offers comments as dashcam sheds new light
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dash cam and 9-1-1 calls released Monday reveal the scene leading up to accused Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton's arrest, as well as witnesses working to help the victims.
The calls are heartbreaking, and emotional, and urgent.
But the arrest proved just the opposite, as Dalton was pulled over and peacefully taken into custody.
From start to finish, Dalton's arrest took less than a minute.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Sergeant Jim Harrison pulled Dalton over in the early morning hours of February 21.
"We have one in custody, one weapon off of him," an officer reported as found in dash cam footage.
The arrest followed seven hours of terror throughout Kalamazoo County.
"I feel pride knowing that we stopped anything else from happening that nightas fast as we were able to," Harrison said.
Despite an early call to central dispatch, from "a concerned neighbor that has been listening to gunfire for the last three hours," no one would have guessed what would happen next.
9-1-1 calls flooded in after witnesses say Dalton gunned down a 25-year-old mother surrounded by children at The Meadows Townhomes, near Comstock.
Then, more calls, after police say Dalton ran a red light, sideswiping another driver.
"He hit me pretty good, was going like 50 miles an hour," the driver said.
A few hours later, gunshots rang out outside a Texas Township restaurant.
"I am at the Kalamazoo Cracker Barrel, and there's been gun shots in a car," a caller reported.
Dalton is accused of killing four best friends, and critically injuring a 14-year-old girl.
It was with the help of a description provided to dispatchers that deputies located Dalton outside the downtown area just after midnight on Sunday.
Newschannel 3 is still waiting on information to be released from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, as well as Michigan State Police.
That includes the shooting Dalton is accused of from Seelye Kia, on Stadium Drive.