Walker officer struck, killed during bank robbery chase

2:36 PM, Oct 14, 2011   |    comments
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  • Derryl Lafave and Kristopher Cheyne
  • Officer Trevor Slot

UPDATE 12:35PM Friday (WZZM)- Michigan State Police just announced the names of the two bank robbery suspects who fled from police Thursday after robbing a bank in Ravenna.  The men killed Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot by running him over with their vehicle.  The men were subsequently killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

They suspects are identified as Kristopher Joe Cheyne and Derryl Lee Lafave.  Both men were from Wyoming, Michigan.

WZZM 13's Sarah Sell has learned the men met eachother in prison.

The investigation into Thursday's events continues.

UPDATE 7PM WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)- The Michigan State Police tell WZZM 13 News that Westbound I-96 at Fruit Ridge Avenue has reopened.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The Walker Police Department has confirmed that a police office was killed during a high speed chase on I-96, following a bank robbery Thursday morning in Ravenna.

Around 10:30 a.m., two suspects held up the Choice One Bank on Slocum Road in Ravenna. They fled in a blue Bravada SUV, and were followed by police on I-96. The chase continued eastbound from Muskegon County into Ottawa and Kent counties.

Muskegon Prosecutor Tony Tague tells WZZM 13 that the suspects were armed with at least one "long rifle" and ordered bank employees into the vault.  A customer in the drive-thru ATM saw the gun from his car and called 911.  Tague says that the suspects may be from the Grand Rapids or Wyoming areas and may have been wanted for other robberies in the area.

In Walker, Officer Trevor Slot was attempting to lay down spike-strips to stop the speeding Bravada, when Michigan State Police say the bank robbery suspects struck and killed Officer Slot.

The bank robbery suspects turned around on the highway several times and eventually headed westbound on I-96, where they were eventually stopped near 8th Avenue in Marne. That's where police shot and killed both suspects.

Officer Trevor Slot was 41 years old with two children. He was married to a teacher, Kim, at Crossroads Middle School in the Northview Public School District. School leaders released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"The Northview Public Schools family is deeply saddened by the death of Officer Slot. His wife, Kim, is a teacher at Crossroads Middle School. Our prayers are with the family. The District Crisis Team has been activated and is available for students and staff. State Police officers state no media is allowed at our District Schools."

The Walker Police Department says that Slot was serving most recently as a court officer. He had a Department Commendation which is granted for service rendered in the line of duty when an officer performs his/her duties in an exemplary manner. Actions must be outstanding service in which a serious crime is prevented, life and property protected, or criminals apprehended. 

Slot's co-workers have set up a memorial fund to help Officer Slots family.  You can make a donation at any Lake Michigan Credit Union.  Just say you want to donate to the Trevor Slot fund.

Stay with WZZM 13 News for continuing coverage of this developing story.

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