BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The names of the two officers who fired shots Sunday in an incident that left a reportedly suicidal 19-year-old dead have been released.
The Battle Creek Police Department said in a Tuesday release that Patrol Officers Charles Pelfrey and Carl Vandyke were the two officers involved in the shooting on the Linear Park path behind the Calhoun County Jail.
Koddy Campbell, 19, was pronounced dead at a Battle Creek hospital following the shooting.
Campbell also fired shots in the incident. A law enforcement source told 24 Hour News 8 that Campbell, who according to police had previously said he wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” shot himself. Michigan State Police say their investigation is focusing on whether Campbell shot himself or if he was struck by the shots Pelfrey and Vandyke fired.
Pelfrey and Vandyke have been placed on paid administrative leave and won’t be back on the job until the investigation into the shooting is complete, which is standard procedure.
BCPD said two other officers who witnessed the shooting will return to work this week after they are interviewed by MSP, which is handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Pelfrey has been a BCPD officer since 1998, according to police. Vandyke has been with the department since 2014, before which he was an officer for five years in Federal Way, Wash.