Suspected Kalamazoo shooter's chilling conversation with wife revealed in new docs
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time since his arrest, law enforcement agencies are revealing new details of the investigation into murder suspect Jason Dalton.
Dalton is charged with committing a shooting spree that killed six and wounded two others while taking fares as an Uber driver.
Monday afternoon, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office responded to Newschannel 3's Freedom of Information Act requests, providing us with more than 80 pages of documents, and shedding some light on Dalton's alleged crimes and victims.
The documents revealed a chilling conversation Dalton had with his wife the night of the killings as well as a possible motive. In the documents, Dalton said the app Uber drivers use took over his mind and controlled his actions.
The most disturbing part of the report may be the details of the last interaction between Dalton and his wife, who seems to be aware that something isn't quite right with her husband.
Police said before Dalton went on a killing spree he spoke with his wife at her parents' home. He was complaining about damage to his maroon Chevy Impala.
Dalton claimed someone ran him off the road -- someone he believed to be an angry taxi driver, upset that Dalton was driving for Uber and taking away his business.
Dalton's wife told police she knew he was lying.
But she then told police Dalton gave her a gun, and told her it wasn't safe to be home without one.
Then, adding to the odd behavior before leaving, Dalton told her not to go to to work, and that their kids couldn't go to school, adding that she should watch the news to see what he was talking about.
At 8:26 p.m. that night, Dalton called his wife one last time strangely asking her not to call her parents.
Later that night, after police said he shot eight people -- killing six of them -- Dalton was pulled over.
An officer found a 9 mm weapon in his front pocket, and took him into custody.
Police also stated that in an interview with Dalton, he essentially blamed the Uber ride sharing app for taking over his mind and controlling him.
He even says the app dictated how he responded to police that night.
"It has the ability to take you over," Dalton said. "It feels like it is coming from the phone itself."