Video shows GRPD officer shoot stabbing suspect

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Body camera video obtained by 24 Hour News 8 shows a Grand Rapids police officer shoot a stabbing suspect during a heated confrontation.

The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office ruled that Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Tim Orent was justified in shooting Victor Gonzales on March 11.

Victor Gonzalez
Victor Gonzales’ mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (March 2017)

Police were trying to track down Gonzales after they said he stabbed a woman during a carjacking outside the Meijer in Walker on March 9.

Officers first found Gonzales at the Steel Cat Bar on Grand Rapids’ west side on the morning of March 11. They tried using a Taser — but it had no effect. Police said Gonzales then took off and into the basement of a nearby building.

In the body-camera video, Orent and Officer Glen Brower are positioned just outside the back door of that building. They worked to provide cover, standing guard as police tried to corner Gonzales inside.

“He had to be right here — he had to have gone right here and locked the door,” one of the officers is heard saying, motioning toward the back door.

Moments later, the pair hears shouting. A K-9 dog had found Gonzales, and suddenly — from the view of Orent’s body camera – Gonzales can be seeing running through the back door and up the stairs toward Brower.

“Get on the ground!” officers are heard shouting, repeatedly, to Gonzales.

An aerial view of the area Grand Rapids police had surrounded following an officer-involved shooting (March 11, 2017)

“Dog is biting me!” Gonzales yelled several times in return.

Then, the video shows Gonzales grab Brower, pull him down and climb on top of him. That’s when Orent fires three shots.

Gonzales was shot in the lower back and in both arms.

Brower’s body camera video shows Orent holding down Gonzales once the suspect is handcuffed.

“Glen, I had to,” Orent tells Brower.

Orent is eventually instructed to clear the area. On his body camera, he can be heard talking about the ordeal to another officer as he walked to a patrol car.

“I thought he was going to kill Glen. (He) started attacking Glen,” Orent can be heard saying.

Gonzales was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. He was later taken to the Kent County jail.

Michigan State Police conducted the investigation into the shooting. No charges were filed against Orent. Prosecutors said he acted reasonably in order to defend Brower against the threat of death or serious injury.

Gonzales faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment and carjacking. He is scheduled to back in court for a competency motion on June 16.