Break-in suspect shot, injured by officers

Battle Creek
The windows to the suspect's vehicle and sheriff's office cruiser are shattered after an officer-involved shooting in Battle Creek. (July 2, 2017)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A suspect was shot and wounded by officers following a break-in and car chase in the Battle Creek area early Sunday.

The situation started at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, when Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies were called on a report of a home invasion in the 14000 block of J Drive in Marshall Township.

“(The suspect had) thrown a rock through the window and gained entry into the house and was taking firearms from inside,” Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dan Latta said.

The suspect, who Michigan State Police say is the ex-boyfriend of the homeowner and used to live at the home, was apparently after personal property, including guns. He was confronted by and struggled with the homeowner, at which time a shot was fired into the ceiling of the home. The homeowner was not injured, but the suspect took off with two guns.

Deputies later spotted the suspect’s van on the Emmett Street bridge and attempted to pull it over, but authorities said the suspect took off. Police say the suspect led them on a chase that ended just after midnight at the intersection of Elm Street and Van Buren Avenue in Battle Creek.

“As soon as the driver came to a stop, he exited the vehicle and began firing rounds at the police vehicles, striking both of them,” Lt. Latta said. “We’re fortunate that … three of the rounds that hit one of our vehicles didn’t penetrate the vehicle and injure our deputy.”

Deputies and troopers returned fire.

“I know dozens of shots were fired,” Latta said.

The suspect was hit twice: once in the hip and once in the upper body.

Battle Creek incident
Evidence markers are seen as authorities from multiple agencies investigate an officer-involved shooting in Battle Creek. (July 2, 2017)

The 47-year-old suspect was taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, where he is in stable condition. Police say his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

No officers and no civilians were injured.

MSP will be handling the investigation into the shooting. The officers who fired shots have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation, which is standard procedure.

Neighbors near the J Drive address said there had been problems there before.

The suspect is expected to face charges of home invasion and assault on law enforcement officers, Latta said. His name was not released Sunday.