Police investigating officer-involved shooting

Officers at a crime scene at the intersection of Division Avenue and 76th Street on Aug. 18, 2017


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is in the hospital after being shot in the arm by a Kent County Sheriff’s Department deputy Friday night.

According to police, the incident began with a traffic stop around 7 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 76th Street and Division Avenue near a tire shop in Gaines Township. Authorities said the deputy told investigators the passenger in the car was acting suspicious as he approached the vehicle.

He asked the man to get out of the car, but after he did the deputy reported he found a handgun on the man.

It’s not yet clear if the gun was visible on his waistband or if he found it during a pat down.

“He knew that the suspect was armed. The suspect resisted, a fight ensued. The deputy fired two rounds. One of the rounds striking the suspect in the arm and the other round from the gun hit the unoccupied building,” Kent County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Kelley said.

The suspect then fled on foot and the deputy managed to chase and apprehend him about 50 yards away. He was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A woman was driving the vehicle involved in the traffic stop, who police say is being cooperative, while the suspect is not. Deputies said they are not releasing the name of the suspect, but believe he lives in the Grand Rapids area.

“Unfortunately there’s really no such thing as a routine traffic stop for the deputies. When they stop these vehicles they have absolutely not idea what they’re going to encounter,” Kelley said. “They could be encountering Mr. and Mrs. Smith on their way to church or they could be encountering a very violent and wanted felon like the deputy did in this case. The suspect wasn’t a wanted felon that we know at this point but was definitely a very dangerous individual.”

The deputy involved is being placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate. Deputies say the Wyoming Police Department will be handling the investigation.