Man, 41, shot in Grand Rapids before police cruiser stolen

Grand Rapids Police say someone stole an officer's cruiser while he was responding to a man who was shot on the city's southeast side.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A 41-year-old man was shot during an assault Tuesday night, just before a Grand Rapids police cruiser was stolen.

No other identifying information nor status on his health is provided Wednesday, Oct. 5, but police say they're continuing their investigation and ask the public for help to gain additional information. 

The victim was shot around 9 p.m. Tuesday at a location on Benjamin Avenue between Hall and Boston streets. Upon police arrival, they found the man with life-threatening injuries to his torso. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police do not have a suspect in the shooting.

As an officer was helping the man, another man who police say has an apparent mental illness, got into a police vehicle and drove it around the block.

That man then turned the car off and walked away, leaving the cruiser undamaged.

Anyone with information about these two incidents -- the assault and stolen police car -- is asked to call police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

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