Police officer shot in Wyoming; suspect ID’d


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A Wyoming police officer has returned home after being treated for a gunshot wound, and the suspect has been taken into custody.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon in the area of Himes Street SE and Jefferson Ave. SE.

Police were called to a home in the area for a report of a domestic dispute. When officers arrived at the scene, they were able to get a woman out of the house.

Friends and other confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that Alan “Al” James, 31, was living at the home in the 200 block of Himes Street with his second wife at the time of the incident.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said the suspect came around the back side of the home with a number of weapons and fired a gun, hitting an officer with a bullet.

The officer fired back but it is unclear if the suspect was hit at that point, according to Carmody. The suspect then ran through the neighborhood and fired “several shots.” He then came back onto Abbie Street SE where he was confined in the neighborhood by officers.

The suspect then fired his gun at officers and officers returned fire, Carmody said. It was at that time that the suspect was shot.

The officer was taken to Mercy Health St. Mary’s hospital for treatment and was later released.

The suspect was taken to a different hospital than the officer and is being monitored by police. He was listed in critical condition Friday. according to a news release from Wyoming Public Safety.

 

According to James’ criminal record, in 2008 he was convicted of operating while intoxicated and in 2009 was convicted of misdemeanor assault.

Joe Robinson, one of the witnesses at the scene, said there was an exchange of gunfire between a suspect or suspects and police, and described it to 24 Hour News 8 as “something you’d see in a movie.”

Another witness, Becky Buist, told 24 Hour News 8 that two police officers were taking a woman into custody on Himes Street when a number of cop cars appeared.

Buist said a fire truck then blocked the road and she heard “tons of shots.” She said she then heard someone yell out “Officer shot!”

Another witness said 50 to 100 gun shots were heard in the area. According to another, the suspect was walking down the street with a long gun and he fired multiple shots at the officer. Yet another said it appeared the officer had been shot near his belt and was seen holding his torso.

Officers from other departments were at the scene to assist, including the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Grandville Police Department.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said this has been the first officer-related shooting in eight years.

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