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Suspect identified, 2 officers on paid leave after Kalamazoo standoff

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Posted at 12:47 PM, Nov 08, 2021

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Officers in Kalamazoo were on the scene of a standoff for almost 24 hours with a suspect who was wanted in connection with a recent shooting on Ransom Street.

Police confirmed to FOX 17 the standoff ended Tuesday morning.

The standoff happened on Washington Avenue in the Edison neighborhood beginning Monday around 10 a.m.

Kalamazoo police confirm multiple shots were fired during the incident.

Officers negotiated, deployed tear gas and used K9s in an attempt to get the suspect to vacate. There was also heavy damage to the home from SWAT personnel overnight Monday.

Police said they believe the suspect inside the home was involved in a shooting on Nov. 1 where a woman was shot. That woman is still in critical condition in a nearby hospital.

The scene began clearing around 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Investigators said the suspect is dead, but it is not yet clear what led to his death.

The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Alex Rawls of Kalamazoo.

Our Lauren Kummer has an update from Kalamazoo.

Michigan State Police say Rawls fired multiple times at responding officers, adding none of the officers were hit or injured during the standoff.

We're told a drone was used to safely survey the residence after gunfire was exchanged. Upon learning the suspect was deceased, officers entered the building and found Rawls dead on the second floor.

Investigation will continue with an autopsy and toxicology examination, troopers say.

MSP adds two of the officers involved are currently on paid administrative leave in accordance with department policy as investigations continue.

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