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Muskegon Heights homicide suspect arrested, after chase, firing shots at officers, police say

The Kent County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police and Walker Police were all on scene.

WALKER, Mich. — Law enforcement from multiple agencies shutdown westbound I-96 near Walker Avenue following a fatal shooting in Muskegon Heights and a police chase in Kent County. 

A suspect was arrested by the Kent County Sheriff's Office.

Muskegon Heights Police said shortly after 6 p.m they responded to McIlwraith Street on a report of a shooting victim. When officers arrived they learned there were two victims and the suspect had fled the area. 

Police said a female victim died as a result of the shooting.  A man who was also shot remains in the ICU. Police said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between a father and son. 

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said the situation started for them when a deputy saw a vehicle heading the wrong way down M-37. The deputy made a traffic stop, and the driver initially stopped. 

"When the officer approached the vehicle, he fired several shots back at the officer at the direction of the officer," said LaJoye-Young. "And then took off."

Police pursued the suspect, and a Walker police officer also helped in the chase. LaJoye Young said the suspect fired a gun at the Walker officer as well. 

The suspect then headed west on eastbound I-96.

"The officers did everything reasonable to stop the driver," LaJoye-Young said. "There was an intentional crash that happened between officers and the suspect culminating in the suspect coming to a safe stop."

The suspect was taken into custody. Muskegon Heights Police said the arrest occurred around 7:20 p.m. 

LaJoye-Young said the officers did not know about the reported shooting at the time of the traffic stop and when the shots were fired. She said each scene will be investigated, from the initial shooting to where shots were fired at officers and where the chase ended. 

The Kent County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police and Walker Police were all on scene. MSP advised drivers to "seek alternate routes if traveling on I-96 in that area this evening."

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