Kalamazoo, MI: On Friday, April 22nd, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 500 block of Ada Street on a report of a man with a gun hidden in the waistband area of his pants. As officers arrived on scene, they located a male matching the description walking down the street and attempted to detain him. A struggle ensued between the officers and the suspect. During the struggle, the suspect made an unsuccessful attempt to disarm the officers by grabbing their holstered guns. The suspect proceeded to bite one of the officers twice on the leg causing injury. A Taser was eventually used to subdue the suspect. Once handcuffed, the suspect spit in the officer’s face. The suspect was searched and a loaded .22 caliber handgun was found. A file check of the handgun revealed that it had been reported stolen out of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department.
The Officer injured in the incident was treated at Bronson Hospital and released. The 21 year-old suspect was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on the charges of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting and obstructing arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony and attempting to disarm a police officer
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Lt. Matt Huber
Date: April 22nd, 2016
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139