GRPD cruiser stolen as officer responds to shooting

Grand Rapids police cruiser
A police cruiser is parked at the scene of an assault in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 4, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are looking for two suspects after a Grand Rapids police cruiser was stolen as a sergeant responded to a shooting.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Benjamin Avenue SE around 9 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a man who had been assaulted with multiple weapons.

The 41-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with apparent wounds to his torso. His injuries are said to be life threatening.

As police went to help the shooting victim, a sergeant left the keys to the cruiser inside the vehicle.

According to a release from the Grand Rapids Police Department, a person with an apparent mental illness got inside the cruiser and drove it around the block. He turned the car off at Alexander and Fuller and walked away.

There was no damage to the cruiser.

The suspect in the cruiser theft is described as a white man in his early 20s, about 5-foot 8-inches tall with short hair.  Officers did not have a description of the shooting suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.