Two detectives nearly hit during heist at Meijer; 2 arrested

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators say two detectives were nearly hit by a speeding vehicle during a police chase that ended in a multi-car crash in Battle Creek.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into a series of credit card thefts from the Chicago and Detroit areas led authorities to the I-94 retailer’s district near Battle Creek Thursday.

While there, detectives learned about a shoplifting incident unfolding at the nearby Meijer store and responded. Authorities say when a Calhoun County Sheriff detective and an Emmett Township Department of Public Safety detective approached the suspects as they exited the store, one of the men reached into his waistband for a handgun.

Detectives say the suspects ignored their commands and entered a vehicle, which then sped towards the detectives, nearly hitting them.

When the Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the vehicle, it continued westbound on B Drive N before crashing in a multi-vehicle wreck near M-66 seconds later.

One of the men who tried to run from the crash was later arrested by Battle Creek police. Authorities say they also recovered the weapon and arrested the second suspect.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department says the driver was wanted on a domestic assault warrant and had an outstanding probation violation for carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities are withholding both suspect’s names until they are formally charged.