Suspect in officer shooting dies after taken off life support

An undated photo of Alan James. (Courtesy the family attorney for James)


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who allegedly opened fire on Wyoming police and injured an officer was removed from life support Saturday, according to the family attorney. The attorney tells 24 Hour News 8 that Alan James died Saturday morning.

The shooting happened on Jan. 29 in the area of Himes Street SE and Jefferson Avenue SE when police were called to a home on a report of a domestic dispute.

James was living in the home with his second wife at the time of the incident. When officers arrived at the scene, they were able to get a her out of the house.

After James allegedly opened fire, police returned fire and James was struck in the chest with a bullet. He was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth, where has been in critical condition since the shooting.

The officer who was allegedly shot by James, Frank Hartuniewicz, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been released from the hospital and has been resting comfortably, according to Chief James Carmody.

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing, according to a Saturday news release from the City of Wyoming. Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting portion of the incident, the release said.

The family attorney for James, Jason Ronning, released this statement on behalf of the family:

“It is with sadness that the family of Alan James has decided to remove his life support at this time. Mr. James has undergone a number of surgeries, and it is the opinion of his treating physicians that there is nothing more that can be done. Those who knew Alan know that his behavior in the time preceding the shooting was completely out of character for him, and that he had been actively seeking help for serious difficulties caused by a combination of medication that clearly should not have been prescribed in conjunction with each other. We believe that it was this medication that caused Alan to hallucinate, which led to the tragic events of January 29. We will continue to investigate the cause of his unusual behavior and the events of that day, and look forward to continuing working with law enforcement to that end. Alan is a loving father, husband, son, and friend, and he will be missed.”

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