Man shot and killed after standoff in Kalamazoo mobile home park

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A man was shot and killed after a standoff with police Wednesday at the Pavilion Estates mobile home community in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Jim Vandyken tells FOX 17 that several police units responded to the community on Kingsville Road Wednesday afternoon, after several gunshots were fired.

Vandyken says they were called to the scene by park management to assist with a couple who appeared to be squatting in the park, meaning they were living in their vehicle. When a deputy arrived, authorities say the man got out of the vehicle with a gun and fired a shot into the air.  The deputy and other officers took cover.

After about an hour, the man pointed his weapon at officers, according to Vandyken.  Officers returned fire and the man was hit. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Michigan State Police, SWAT teams, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff, Portage Police and Western Michigan University Police all responded to the scene.

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  • Michelle Homewood

    My family knew this man and he asked to be shot and he didn’t shoot but in the air. He begged them to shoot him. Ask anyone and they will tell you that if you beg to be shot it is suicide by police and that is what he wanted.

    • Rebecca Suttles

      This isn’t the least bit Funny this is Family. He has Family. How many damn times have you asked for something or said something and didn’t Fucking mean it? Ohh I’m Sure None. Watch what you say Because GID DONT LIKE FUCKING UGLY…. NO MATTER WHO KNEW Gino or Not DONT B DISRESPECTING HIM, OR HIS FAMILY… RIP BRO IN LAW…. I pray this Don’t happen to u all. ..

      • C.

        Shut it bitch. U don’t know me. I earn everything I have. I don’t ask for anything. Big home in the country. Property. New pick up trucks. (Paid off) If he was worried about the his family he wouldn’t have had a gun in his had and the cops in his yard. He played the game and lost. Tough! I am armed every day. Not because of cops, because of mental morons like him! Crawl back into the sewer until you learn proper sentencing.

  • Amanda

    This literally happened in my driveway, and every time this video plays you get a view of my house so please I am asking whoever is in charge at channel 17 to please at least blur out the address number. I have had people all day driving by to gawk and stare, and it is unnerving and morbid. My family is asking for your help in keeping at least our address somewhat anonymous. Thank you.