On December 1, 2019 at approximately 10:00 pm officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, along with the Michigan State Police, responded to the 6300 block of Proctor Street, in Comstock Township, to assist the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Information had been received that an unknown person had entered a home and was armed with a gun. There were multiple residents in the home at the time. Upon hearing gunfire inside the house, officers entered the house in order to rescue the hostages.
Three officers were hit by gunfire and were transported to nearby hospitals. The suspect was taken into custody. The investigation is being handled by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office who will release information as the investigation progresses.
One of the officers struck by gunfire was Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer, PSO Caleb Jones, a three year department veteran. He suffered a non-life threatening injury and continues to be treated at a local hospital.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is very thankful that all officers survived the incident, and mourn the loss of the one victim. The officers acted courageously; and, as they are trained to do, they were able to rescue the two other victims.
As many spent this past Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family, giving thanks, our local law enforcement officers have been tirelessly on duty. In the past 48 hours we have now locally had four officers shot while serving their communities; officers never waiver in their duty to respond or their willingness to go where needed. I ask all to take a moment and give thanks for these public servants.
Authority: Chief Karianne Thomas
Date: December 2, 2019
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Chief Thomas, Chief’s Office, 269-337-8270