Grand Rapids officer fires weapon: 1 suspect arrested, another wanted

Michigan State Police are now involved in an investigation after a Grand Rapids officer fired his gun at a suspect.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - An armed suspect on the run reportedly forced a Grand Rapids officer to fire his weapon, and now police are trying to figure out what led up to the shooting. 

Grand Rapids police responded around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, to the area of Henry Avenue and Worden Street SE, where a 911 caller reported one man chasing another with a gun, according to Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon.

In that pursuit, the caller said they heard at least one gunshot.

A Grand Rapids police officer came across one of the men in an area between some houses, Dixon said. It's when the suspect attempted to pull out a handgun, forcing the officer to fire at least one shot.

"At that point the suspect did turn, attempted to pull a handgun from the waist and the office then fired a minimum of one round, possibly two, at that point the suspect then surrendered and he was taken into custody," Dixon said.

Police still are looking for the other suspect: a black man, possibly in his late teens or early 20s, wearing mostly black clothing.

There were no injuries to either officers nor suspects, Dixon said. Per policy, the officer who fired the shot is on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Michigan State Police investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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