Robbery, shots fired, police chase in Albion

Damage to a police cruiser after two officers crashed into each other while chasing robbery suspects. (Courtesy Albion Dept. of Public Safety/March 19, 2015)

ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Albion say a victim pursued armed suspects after being robbed Thursday night, prompting a police chase and a lockdown at Albion College.

Around 9 p.m., the victim was robbed on the north end of town, according to the Albion Department of Public Safety, by one man with a shotgun and another with a pistol.

A police cruiser was damaged during a chase in Albion Thursday night. (Courtesy Albion Dept. of Public Safety/March 19, 2015)
(A police cruiser was damaged during a chase in Albion Thursday night. Courtesy Albion Dept. of Public Safety)

After the robbers took off in a car, the victim called 911 and then chased them in his car. While driving down the 900 block of Ionia Street, police said, the suspects opened fire on the victim’s vehicle. No one was shot.

Police joined the chase in the area of Albion College.

At the intersection of Clark and Erie streets, two responding officers’ cruisers, one of which was carrying a K-9, crashed into one another. Both cruisers sustained “significant” damage, police say, but neither the officers nor the K-9 were hurt.

The suspects ditched the car in the parking lot of Albion College Burns Street Apartments. A K-9 tracked the suspects south and two of them were caught near Erie Street between Clark and Mingo streets, police said. The K-9 tried to track a third suspect, but that person was not found.

Around 9:22 p.m., Albion College sent out alerts to its students and employees warning them of the incident and K-9 search and telling them to stay inside as a precaution. Once the search was over, the college sent out an all-clear.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer at 517.629.2700 or Detective Luis Tejada at 517.629.7824.

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