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Wounded Marshall suspect in custody after shootout with police

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 22:38:17-04

MARSHALL, Mich. — A man is in police custody after exchanging gunfire with officers in Calhoun County Friday morning.

Police say the incident left the suspect with gunshot wounds to his leg, arm, and abdomen. Investigators believe his injuries came from shots fired by police.

According to police, the 30-year-old man is in surgery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo being treated for those injuries. Police believe he is going to survive.

The situation began at 10:50 a.m. on the 700 block of West Hanover Street.

Police say two officers from the Marshall Police Department and a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with the man, who was experiencing mental health issues, to serve him with a mental health order then take him to the hospital for treatment.

Upon arriving at the scene, police say the officers were immediately involved in a shootout with the man.

No officers were injured.

Security footage from a nearby home shows the moment the exchange happened. Jai Gilyard-Schnaitman was walking his dog when pops of gunfire forced him and his dog to jerk around and fall to the ground to protect themselves from stray bullets.

“I was worried more than anything,” said Gilyard-Schnaitman. “More like what’s going on? Is everyone safe? Being here for 10 years, I would’ve never expected anything like that to happen in this neighborhood.”

A lockdown of the area ensued before a Special Response Team was called in and removed the man from the house.

The names of the three officers involved have not been released.

During the standoff, Marshall Police were assisted with establishing a perimeter at the scene by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police, Marshall Ambulance, Marshall Fire, Battle Creek City Police Department, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and Albion Department of Public Safety.