Authorities: Man involved in fight shot

KEELER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One man was hospitalized and another arrested Saturday evening after a fight ended in a shot being fired.

Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 62000 block of Gilmore Avenue in Keeler Township, north of Dowagiac, around 7:50 p.m. Saturday. There, they found two men had been involved in a physical fight that escalated until one of them was shot.

The victim, a 54-year-old Illinois man, had been taken to a hospital in Dowagiac in a private vehicle with a single gunshot wound and then transferred to Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was listed in stable condition Sunday morning.

Deputies say he was shot by a 63-year-old Van Buren County man.

That man, who didn’t have any cellphone reception where the shooting happened because of a storm moving through, then drove to Lutz’s Drive-In north of Dowagiac. He then called 911 and said he thought he had “just shot a guy,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Officers responded, took the man to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and then arrested him on felonies assault charges.

Neither the victim’s nor suspect’s name were released Sunday.

Authorities are still investigating.

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