Family identifies man fatally shot by Grand Rapids police as 18 year old

Family members are identifying the suspect as 18-year-old Malik Carey. He died this afternoon at the hospital.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Family members identify the person shot by Grand Rapids police as 18-year-old Malik Carey.

Carey was shot by police around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the area of Kalamazoo Avenue and Dickinson Street SE.

An early investigation shows police were trying to make contact with the suspect when Carey allegedly started firing at officers. Police returned fire, and Carey fell to the ground in front of a home on Dickinson east of Calvin Avenue SE.

He died at Grand Rapids hospital Wednesday afternoon. 

Records show Wednesday's incident is not Carey's first interaction with police. In 2015, when he was 16, Carey was charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. A Kent County judge in October 2015 placed him on probation for five years.

Carey has also been charged with attempting to escape from police. He later attended a medical facility to be treated for illegal substance abuse.

Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon said Carey is a probation absconder, which is confirmed by court records. He absconded from probation on April 7.

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