Battle Creek shooting suspect arraigned, facing multiple charges

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A man who police said fired at them following a pursuit early Sunday was arraigned Monday on six charges and faces more on Wednesday.

Trent Davis, 47, who was released from Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo Monday afternoon was taken to the Calhoun County jail and arraigned on a half-dozen charges.

Prosecutors said he will be arraigned on twice as many more charges on Wednesday.

Police said Davis is the man who broke into his former girlfriend's home in Marshall Township where he had lived until just a few days earlier, and then after police tried to stop him in Pennfield Township led a Calhoun County Sheriff's Department deputy and a Michigan State Police trooper on a short pursuit. Then police said he got out of his car at VanBuren and Elm streets and began firing both a rifle and handgun at the officers.

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Both officers returned fire and Davis was shot in the shoulder and hip. He was treated at the Kalamazoo hospital before being released Monday afternoon.

He appeared by closed circuit television from the jail still wearing a hospital gown.

At the arraignment, Magistrate Joe Brutsche told Davis he is now charged with home invasion, discharging a firearm in a building, being a felon in possession of a felon and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was ordered to appear for a preliminary examination on July 17 and his bond was set at $500,000.

During the arraignment, Prosecutor David Gilbert said a dozen new charges have been issued for Davis stemming from the shooting with police.

He is scheduled to appear on Wednesday to be arraigned on those charges which include two counts of assault with intent to murder police officers and multiple weapons charges.

The sheriff's department and state police have said the incident began at 11:51 p.m. Saturday when Davis' former girlfriend said Davis used a rock to shatter a glass slider and entered her resident in the 14000 block of J Drive North.

She said he took two guns and during a struggle with her, one of the guns discharged. No one was injured.

The man left and the woman called 911. Deputies then alerted other officers to watch for Davis driving a mini-van. He was seen near Emmet Street and Maxwell Street in Pennfield Township 13 minutes later and both the deputy and trooper attempted to stop his vehicle.

Police said Davis fled but stopped in the intersection of Van Buren and Elm streets and began shooting at the two patrol vehicles which both sustained damage, including to their radiators.

Officers returned fire and Davis was shot and taken into the custody. Neither of the officers were injured.

Battle Creek police collected evidence at the shooting scene and said at least 49 shots were fired.

The sheriff department is investigating the home invasion and the state police from the First District Headquarters is handling the shooting.

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