Suspect caught after search near Galesburg

Police on scene along 35th Avenue south of Galesburg. (June 27, 2017)


COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A suspect is in custody following a large police search south of Galesburg, Kalamazoo County authorities say.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says the suspect was fleeing in a stolen SUV, then realized that he had gone down a dead-end dirt road and ditched the vehicle. The suspect then ran off on foot into a wooded area near 35th Street and ML Avenue, not far south of I-94.

Officers wearing tactical gear and using K-9s gave chase. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including police from the city of Kalamazoo and Galesburg and MSP, were involved in the pursuit and search. MSP also put its helicopter in the air.

“If you look to the side here, you can see all of the woods and all of the swamp. The suspect ran off into that area,” Fuller showed reporters on the scene. “Ultimately, we have found the person we are looking for.”

Area residents told 24 Hour News 8 they received a recording from dispatch warning them to stay inside while police were searching.

The suspect’s name has not yet been released. It’s not yet clear precisely what charges he will face.

24 Hour News 8 was previously told by police that the suspect was wanted in connection to a homicide, but Fuller said that’s not accurate.