Updated: Thursday, 18 Mar 2010, 11:11 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 18 Mar 2010, 5:05 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A 33-year-old man was shot to death after pulling a gun on a Grand Rapids police officer, who fired multiple times and struck him in the abdomen.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said the incident began around 4:30 p.m. when the officer pulled over two people driving a Moped for a traffic violation in the area of Ann and Center NE. The driver had no operators license and no valid identification.
The officer tried to take the driver, but according to Belk, they struggled and the officer grabbed the man's shirt. But the shirt came off and the man fled.
The officer, a 15-year veteran of the force, chased the man inbetween two houses. Belk said the man tried but was unable to climb a stockade fence, but then pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer.
He was repeatedly ordered by the officer to drop his weapon, but he refused. The officer fired and struck him in the abdomen.
Emergency personnel were immediately called and the man was rushed to Spectrum Butterworth. He died a short time later.
The man's name is not being released at this time. Belk said the man was on parole and he believed he was a parole absconder.
The officer was unhurt.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow this developing story.