Suspect fires a blast from shotgun while being chased by Kalamazoo Police

Posted at 5:45 AM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 05:45:40-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A man being chased by a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer fired a round from a shotgun during the pursuit. Officers tackled one suspect while another got away. KPSD did not report any injuries.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of N. Burdick Street around 12:20 a.m. Thursday on reports of a man with a shotgun. When they arrived, there was a group arguing in front of a house, but two men ran to the back of the house. One of the man fired the shotgun once.

One of the suspects, a 25-year-old man, was tackled and detained, while other officers pursued the other man. Police lost track of him, even when they used a police dog.

Meanwhile, the weapon, described by KPSD as a “pistol grip shotgun” was found near the tackled suspect, as well as ammunition for the gun. That suspect is facing several charges, including possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He may also face a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm.

The neighborhood has seen a rash of gunshot reports, said KPSD, including one incident where several shots were fired into a house.

The second suspect is described as an African-American male, about 5’8″ to 5’10” in height, wearing a white shirt, white baseball cap, blue jeans, and red shoes.

If you have information that would help the investigation, call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or anonymously contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.