GRPD: Spectrum Health security officer shot

Grand Rapids police block off the area where a Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital security guard was shot near a hospital parking ramp. (June 23, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Spectrum Health security officer was shot while confronting a suspect outside of a parking garage near Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids Sunday night.

The male security officer suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound after the shooting incident just after 11 p.m. The shooter ran from the scene.

A Spectrum Health security police car. (June 23, 2014)
(A Spectrum Health security police car)

The shooting appeared to have happened just outside of the employee parking ramp near Lafayette Avenue and Michigan Street.

Grand Rapids police had markers set up and were collecting evidence and taking photographs just outside the structure.

The incident began after a unarmed security officers located a suspect who they believed may have been breaking into vehicles inside the ramp, police said.

The security officer approached the suspect, police said the officer confronted the suspect who then pulled a gun and shot the officer in the leg before running away.

The identity of the security officer is not being released pending further investigation, according to a Grand Rapid Police Department news release.

Police say witnesses reported seeing a vehicle speed away from the scene, but officers located the vehicle in question and determined it was not connected to the shooting.

More than a dozen Grand Rapids police officers responded after the call came in. Investigators closed Lafayette Avenue for hours as they processed the scene for evidence overnight.

Some vehicles in the ramp had been broken into, police said. Officers were processing them for fingerprints or other evidence.

The parking ramp is equipped with surveillance cameras, though police have not said what portions of the crimes, if any, were captured.

Police at the scene of the security guard shooting outside an employee parking ramp at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. (June 23, 2014)
Police at the scene of the security guard shooting outside an employee parking ramp at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. (June 23, 2014)

Early Monday morning, police said the shooting suspect was described is a black male, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, and was seen wearing a dark long sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

“We are very interested in apprehending this person. This is unacceptable,” said Grand Rapids Police Capt. Curtis VanderKooi. “This kind of behavior… over being a suspect in basically a misdemeanor crime, and you have to use this violent act in order to evade apprehension.”

Monday morning, Spectrum Health officials released the following statement about the shooting:

“There was an incident outside of Parking Ramp 7 late in the evening on June 22 on the Grand Rapids Medical Center campus. A Spectrum Health security guard was assaulted. He received treatment for his injuries and has been released. Spectrum Health Security Services will continue to work with the Grand Rapids Police Department in the investigation. Access to the parking lot entrances and exits has been restored.”

Anyone with information should call Grand Rapids Police at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.


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