Guests Of Hotel Speak Out About Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. –Guests at Kalamazoo’s Best Western Hotel recall Thursday night, after police shot and killed an unarmed suspect.

“When we pulled up there were probably about 40, 50 cops around the area,” said hotel guest Linsday Braun. “They were roping everything off. We were supposed to stay here last night, but they said they weren’t allowing anyone on the premises.”

In town to watch an ice skating competition, other guests at the hotel said they heard the shot that killed 34 year old Jacob Grassley, of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said it started at a home on Westnedge earlier in the day. Officers went to the house twice during the day.

A woman reported being assaulted by Grassley, her boyfriend. By the time police arrived, Grassley wasn’t there, neither the first nor second time.

“Officers encountered the same female victim,” Hadley said. “However, she was frantic and advised officers that the suspect had returned and his behavior was unusual and unlike any she had witnessed before.”

He added, “The victim told officers that Mr. Grassley has been depressed and believed his behavior to be unpredictable.”

The girlfriend also told the officers, she believed Grassley had two handguns and an assault rifle because she couldn’t find them where they were usually stored.

Hadley said police caught up with Grassley before 10 pm in Kalamazoo. They tried to stop and arrest him for domestic assault. He led them on a chase that led to the Best Western where an officer shot and killed him inside, on the second floor.

“In our initial review of the incident, it revealed that Mr. Grassley was not armed at the time of the shooting,” Hadley said.

The chief said he isn’t sure what prompted an officer or officers to shoot, but he said it appears to have been done within policy. Hadley wouldn’t elaborate on that policy.

The chief said weapons were located elsewhere, but he wouldn’t say where.

FOX 17 learned from a source that surveillance video of the actual shooting doesn’t exist, because cameras are not in the area where the shooting occurred.

FOX 17 found that Grassley had an active warrant for his arrest in Ohio, stemming from a 2005 traffic violation.

In this case, four officers are on excused absence. The Office of Professional Standards and the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating.


14 Comments to “Guests Of Hotel Speak Out About Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting”

    cheryl said:
    January 25, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    They did not say if he had the gun when they shot him.

      Shelly Watkins said:
      January 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Yeah they did…Hadley said he was NOT armed when he was shot.

    Nitram said:
    January 25, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

      Funny said:
      January 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Haha nice one

    Zach said:
    January 25, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Looks like this was the original call for service around 2pm they are talking about..

    cynthia bice said:
    January 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    that's all we get general info ; no name of the suspect killed ,if was the cop who got killed we would know his name …

      Guest said:
      January 25, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      What police release is what's reported.

    Valerie VanOrden said:
    January 25, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Bethcya Best Western on Cork Street has a bone to pick with KPDS.

    Pam said:
    January 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    So, an unarmed man was shot to death because the girlfriend told police she thought he had 2 handguns? Can she be prosecuted for lying?

      Bev@Genal Chat said:
      January 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Very unlikely. :/

      It's up to the police to determine if the suspect is carrying a firearm. They are trained to handle emergency calls of possible firearm possession and if the police over reacted then it's on their head. Just so you know, the police don't just take the word of any deranged ex-girlfriend who makes allegations against a person. So no need to worry it's going to happen to you. :P

      Loki said:
      January 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Yes, that is exactly the reason this Fool was shot and killed. Because some crazy female told the police the idiot had a couple of firearms. That's what law enforcement does, as everybody knows.

    Solara said:
    January 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    It's really weird, considering he had a WIFE and daughter.

    unknown said:
    January 28, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    All of these assumptions.. And yet i havent found one right.. I work at that hotel and that lady was escorted by an officer there n was not to give out info where she was located. It was her putting all the guests in danger she told him where she was thats why he fled there.. She was well aware of situation she had got herself into .. There is no security footage where it took place . From what i had seen when he entered the building he was not armed.. And was running upstairs when he was shot down. I hope this clears up the arguing and miss understandings. Accidents may happen but getting paid leave for it is not right.

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