Police investigate possible shots fired on GR’s SW side

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Several officers were called to Grand Rapids’ Southwest side just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, after shots were fired near police officers.

Grand Rapids police say they were investigating a situation in the 100 block of Dickinson SW, near Buchanan, when the shots were fired. At this point, it’s unclear if officers were the target.

An investigation led them to a home in the 300 block of Dickinson SW, where crews surrounded a home. Police have not said how many suspects they are looking for.

No injuries have been reported.

Police did ask people to avoid the area while they conducted their investigation.

Anyone who has information about the situation should call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

 

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3 comments

  • Charlie Tenbrink

    Reactionary policing is ineffective. Proactive community policing has been shown to work well if implemented early enough and implemented properly. This city had a chance to do that by hiring a police chief with experience doing just that, and doing it in a city even larger and with more complex racial problems than we do. But city leaders chose to stay in the past. They hired someone who was “connected” to the white establishment of this city. Someone with very little applicable experience. And now he is very much over his head, as the violence in this city is getting worse and spreading out over a larger area. In this case it was in a long-standing problem area, but to have shots fired while officers are on the scene is a new twist. The next step in that development is officers being shot while responding. Are our city leaders going to sit back and allow that to happen, or will they admit they made a horrible mistake and take action to correct it? Their response will identify them as progressive leaders, or as regressive isolationists whose sole purpose is not to lead, but to bleed this city dry through cronyism and corruption.

    • Commonsense

      City is partially to blame for who they hired. However, blame it on the lazy trash walking the streets with no respect for human life or those in public service. Blue lives matter.

  • Ollie James

    Tim: Police do not aggressively respond en masse to “possible” shots fired. Shots WERE fired, and in relatively close proximity to the officers on the scene. Do try to write more accurately, please.

    I also want to echo what was said below. A police force which is REactive instead of PROactive is just goign to make things worse. REactions are often escalatory, and needlessly so. That is how terrible things happen. Things which, despite what the mobs in Chicago would have you believe, can be (and frequently are) truly accidental and not a matter of racial prejudices. PROactions, on the other hand, are always controlled and peaceful. PROactions stop problems before they start.

    I am an African American man who relocated here from Detroit when the VAI opened. It was an incredible professional opportunity and as I had some family here already it was an easy choice. I was looking forward to the relatively low-crime, easy-going lifestyle that Grand Rapids has been known for. That is exactly what I found…for the first couple of years. Gradually, what I observed was that many other Detroiters had the same relocation idea. Not all of them were civil-minded professionals however. Today I am dealing with much the same street environment I left in Detroit. I have even recognized some of the same faces which were destroying the Detroit neighborhood I lived in, now seemingly bent on destroying this one in Grand Rapids.

    What I am more dismayed about however, what really has me questioning whether I want to pursue my career elsewhere now that I can afford to do so, is that when I look at this city’s administration I see EXACTLY the same sorts of behaviors I saw from the administration of the city of Detroit. I see people concerned more with where the next kickback is coming from than the fact that human beings are killing eachother just blocks away from the downtown police station. I see them covering for eachother and providing special legal protection for eachother. I see blatant criminals being given special favors simply because of some well-placed and politically popular financial “investments”. This city is no less corrupt than Detroit ever was. When I see that I know that I can not live here with any hope that things will get better for the people who live on my street and in my neighborhood. Corruption is the antithesis of hope. The two can not coexist.

    I, like most people, would rather live in a city, even a violent one, which has hope. If you really want to know why this area has such a problem with keeping STEM professionals from leaving, you don’t need to look any further than that. The corruption is making this a hopeless city, full of nothing but political pipe-dreams and whitewashed fantasies fueled by old-fashioned greed. Violence thrives on that, in every city where corruption rules. Look around and see it for yourselves.