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No injuries reported after Grand Rapids Police officer, suspect exchange gunfire

Several suspects fled from a vehicle after pursuit, according to police. An 18-year-old man was taken into custody.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids Police officer and an accused suspect exchanged gunfire on the southeast side of Grand Rapids Friday morning. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. near Hall Street and Eastern Avenue. An officer had been driving southbound on Prospect Avenue SE when he saw a northbound vehicle driving without its headlights on.

Police say the vehicle stopped and reversed. A suspect then fired several rounds at the officer's vehicle. The officer returned fire, and the suspect fled.

A sergeant noticed the suspect's vehicle shortly after and pursued it. The vehicle stopped near Fuller Avenue SE and Hall Street SE, where several suspects got out and fled on foot.

An 18-year-old man was taken into custody and is being questioned. Authorities also said the vehicle used was stolen. 

Police say no one was injured in the incident.

The investigation is now being handled by the Michigan State Police. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom said in a press conference that the video of the incident will be released if the Prosecutor's Office and Michigan State Police have no objections to its release.

Winstrom does not believe the outstanding suspects are a threat to the public.

Police say the involved officer has been with GRPD for seven years.

Several streets were closed early Friday for investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. 

Watch the full conference with Chief Winstrom below:

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