GRPD confiscates gun after argument involving 15 to 20 people

April 24, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police officers have taken a CPL-holder’s gun for “safekeeping” following an argument Wednesday among a crowd of 15 to 20 people on the city’s southeast side that initially sounded a lot worse than it turned out to be.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, possibly over a property dispute. Exactly what transpired is still being investigated.

GRPD Sgt. Cathy Williams tells FOX 17 that a number of 911 calls came in with people claiming everything from a shooting to a stabbing had occurred outside an auto shop strip mall in the 1800 block of 28th Street SE. That’s near Chamberlain Avenue, between Kalamazoo and Breton avenues.

But there was no stabbing and no shooting. And a rumor that someone was held at gunpoint also was proved to be false.

However, police say a woman who happens to be a Michigan Department of Corrections employee and a registered Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder, did possess a gun. Investigators say another person claimed the MDOC employee pointed a gun at the alleged victim, but that has not been corroborated.

Police took the firearm for “safekeeping” and ordered the MDOC employee and the alleged victim to speak to a GRPD detective on Thursday.

So, the investigation continues. Details about what the property dispute may have entailed, the type of gun police confiscated, and names of the people involved have not been disclosed.

Police say there were no arrests and no injuries.

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  • Donna

    What type of gun it was has no baring on the story. Stop making the gun the issue. She was legal to carry concealed, there is no evidence or concern that she was negligent or did anything that was outside her rights. Actually I don’t even see a reason for the gun confiscation here. I also happened to drive past this incident and it all seemed very calm.

  • Mamba spit

    Apparently people who legally carry a firearm don’t have the same civil rights in Grand Rapids as another demographic who just received special protection under “the law”.
    In Grand Rapids under “the law” you can’t call 911 on a late night loud party because it “racist” but you can call 911 on a person who is legally carrying a weapon. You can even call 911 and make false statements. unproven accusations and all forms of BS and YOU win!
    So much pure crap in GR.

  • Richard

    The cops are going to side with the prison guard over the victim. I bet the MDOC employee will use her connection to have whoever she pointed a gun at put in jail.

  • C

    “A number” of people called 911 to report a possible incident. Not one or two. Guess people wanted to exercise their right to call 911 one last time before the new ordinance goes into effect next month and avoid a $500 fine.

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