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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police shot a teenager twice after he allegedly threatened officers performing a wellbeing check.

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4100 block of North Castleridge Dr. SE in the Clearpoint Valley Townhomes complex.

At 12:42 p.m. Family Outreach Center Inc., which provides outpatient mental health services, called Grand Rapids Police asking that they check on the young man. He called the agency sounding despondent and saying he was unable to get a hold of his mother, Grand Rapids Police Lt. Michael Maycroft said.

He also indicated, "(I) can't take it anymore," and "don't send anyone because everyone will (expletive) die."

Police arrived at the home and made contact with the young man, who was yelling at officers from an upstairs window. He had scratches on his arm, police Chief Kevin Belk said.

He then came downstairs and opened the front door for officers. Three officers entered the condominium and the suspect retreated down the hallway, police Chief Kevin Belk said. He then emerged with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun. Officers retreated towards a first floor bathroom and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon.

As he continued to approach, officers retreated into the bathroom and one of the officers, who's been on the force for nearly six years (hired in April, 2008), fired three shots from his service weapon. One round struck him in the arm and a second round struck him in the lower abdomen.

Police knocked out a screen in the bathroom window and got outside, all the while ordering the suspect to throw down his weapon. After being shot, he complied. Police reentered the condominium, and began medical treatment on the victim.

An ambulance that had been called to stage nearby quickly transported him to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The weapon pointed at officers was a replica handgun powered by a CO2 cartridge, Belk said. There was no orange safety tip on the barrel tip, he said. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which standard procedure in an officer-involved is shooting, Belk said.

Grand Rapids police closed off East Castle Drive SE at Breton Road and 43rd Street SE. Excel Charter Academy, located just north of the scene at 4201 Breton, was placed in lockdown during the incident, but was students were dismissed at their regular time Tuesday afternoon.


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