Officer shot in downtown Kalamazoo; suspect killed

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — An officer with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was shot late Tuesday morning and was saved by his bullet proof vest.

Police were called to the 100 block of East Kalamazoo Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. on reports of shots being fired. The suspect, an employee at Biomat USA, fired on the officers when they arrived, hitting the one officer in the torso. That officer was taken to Bronson Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries. The second officer was not hurt.

The officers returned fire and struck the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Karianne Thomas says they believe that the suspect intended to draw police in to the business to shoot at them.  The investigation is continuing.  The suspect's name has not yet been released.

Loretta Woods was at Biomat USA Tuesday during the shooting.

"I was sitting there starting to pump and all of a sudden it sounded like a medical hospital trey fell on the floor — and it was actually a gunshot," she said. "Before that I hear something about 'call 911.'"

Woods said the employee unhooked everyone from the medical equipment and guided them out of the building.

"We all got out and went to walk from the back of the area, the side-area to the front ... and as I was walking across the parking lot, all of a sudden I heard like 10 shots go off and I got in the van and they started pulling one of the officers out.

"Then we booked it out (of) there. I was good to go, I was gone."

Woods, who said she gives plasma twice a week, said she is afraid to go back to Biomat for a few weeks following Tuesday's incident.

 

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3 comments

  • Jane Smythe

    I read this info on MLIVE. A large Kalamazoo Public Safety and Michigan State Police presence has shut down the 100 block of East Kalamazoo Avenue, in front of Grifols Biomat plasma donation center. A former employee came in and fired a shot into the air, said Grifols Biomat employee. “He shot one shot up in the air and told us to ‘call 911, yea, call ‘em,’” a witness, said a man went to the counter and shot two shots into the ceiling. He said police came into the business and fired shots and he never saw the man come out.

    Tom Hinton, an employee of the plasma center who was working in another room, said he heard a single gunshot and then heard a large exchange of gunfire about three to five minutes later. Hinton said he got other employees away from the door and barricaded the door, but did not see the actual shooting. He said other employees told him police exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

    All lanes of East Kalamazoo Avenue are closed to traffic at North Pitcher Street

  • Kathryn Clemens

    I hope and pray for everyone involved are safe. I know Angie, one of the phlebotomist that works there. I just want her and everyone that was in this terrifying experience to know I am praying for you. I cant imagine it will be easy to move past the trama. To All: I have you in my thoughts and prayers. 🕇

  • andy

    I also wish to send my thoughts prayers and well wishes to the staff. I use to donate there, but since have moved out of Michigan, but keep in touch with a few of the staff. I hope everyone is well. love, peace and faith.

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