GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Three people are in police custody following a shooting that led to a police chase, a crash, a vehicle fire, and then a wide and extensive search for the suspects.
The incident started around 8:55 p.m. Thursday regarding a report of six to eight gunshots being fired into the air at Countryside Townhomes near 48th Street and Eastern Avenue SE in Kentwood. Officers were already at the scene for a separate incident.
Witnesses described to police that occupants of a red SUV were linked to the shootings. Officers spotted that vehicle and followed it, which led to a chase.
The pursuit ended when the SUV slammed into a sign pole at a gas station at the intersection of 33rd Street SE and Eastern Avenue. The vehicle then caught on fire. Three men were in the SUV.
Officers from Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming arrived at the scene and immediately arrested one of the male suspects. Police also found two guns in the suspects' SUV.
The two other male suspects ran from the scene to a nearby apartment complex.
Police set up a perimeter, and negotiators were brought to the scene on Marshall Avenue in Grand Rapids. Four children were in the home at the time and given to other relatives during the incident.
The two other suspects were arrested around 1 a.m. Friday.
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