Standoff ends after BCPD K-9 bites shooting suspect

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The Battle Creek Police Department's command center near a standoff after a suspect allegedly fired at least one shot on a police officer. (March 6, 2016)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — An hours-long standoff in Battle Creek after a driver fired at least one shot at an officer came to an end when a police K-9 took down the suspect.

The shooting happened during a traffic stop around 3 p.m. Saturday in the area of Hubbard Street and W. Goodale Avenue, according to the Battle Creek Police Department. As the officer exited his cruiser and was approaching the suspect’s vehicle to talk to the driver, police say, a shot or shots were fired.

The officer was not hurt. He returned fire, at which point the driver fled, BCPD said.

It’s not yet clear why the suspect would have fired on the officer. It’s unknown if he’s wanted on any other charges or if he was hiding something.

“We don’t know his mindset, we don’t know what he was thinking,” BCPD Maj. Jim Grafton said. “It was just a traffic stop for a civil infraction.”

The suspect eventually ditched his vehicle and holed up in a home on W. Coolidge Street just west of North Avenue. BCPD set up a command center at the nearby New York Grill restaurant, established a perimeter and called in a SWAT team.

Police say they secured four people, believed to be the suspect’s family members, from inside the home and he was alone. Officers could be heard using a bullhorn to order him to surrender.

Around 7 p.m., the suspect was bitten in the arm by BCPD K-9 Rushin. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

“It’s a scary situation,” Maj. Grafton said. “We’re just thankful that our officer is safe, home with his family and friends and that our suspect is also safe and now will be taken into custody transported to the county jail.”

It’s not yet known exactly what charges the suspect may face.

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