Shots fired at agent in Grand Rapids; no injuries

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A May 27, 2018 mug shot of Maxamillion Long from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are looking for a parole absconder who is believed to have fired shots at an agent who was looking for him Tuesday.

The agent was not hurt, Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. John Wittkowski said, and no bystanders were injured, either.

The parole absconder, 27-year-old Maxamillion Long, was described as armed and dangerous.

“…He’s violent, he’s dangerous and who knows what else he could do?” Wittkowski said.

Anyone who sees Long should call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

The shots were fired around 2 p.m. on Sherman Street SE near Dolbee Avenue in the city’s Baxter neighborhood.

Wittkowski said a member of a fugitive task force was watching a home there as authorities looked for Long. The agent spotted a car leaving the home, at which point multiple shots were fired at the officer’s unmarked car. The suspect car then took off.

The agent did not return fire, Wittkowski said.

  • A photo of a large police presence on Dolbee Avenue near Baxter Street on Feb. 4, 2020.
  • A photo of a large police presence on Dolbee Avenue near Baxter Street on Feb. 4, 2020.
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Wittkowski initially said the agent involved was a U.S. marshal, but on Wednesday stated that was not right. He said the agent was a member of the multiagency fugitive task force. Wittkowski said authorities would not be releasing the name of the office the agent belongs to, though he did note the officer was not from GRPD.

Other people were believed to be in Long’s car, though police did not provide a description of any of them. Police couldn’t say for certain that Long fired the shots, but that was their presumption as of late Monday afternoon.

A woman who said she owns the house that the shooting happened in front of told News 8 that Long does not live there. It’s unclear why he was there.

“This is a residential neighborhood, so kids, adults walking through the neighborhood and we have this kind of gun play, so clearly unacceptable and we implore any citizen that has information with regards to Mr. Long and that vehicle please to come forward,” Wittkowski said.

The vehicle involved, a Chevrolet Cruz, was ultimately recovered by police, Wittkowski said Wednesday, but Long was nowhere to be found.

Online Michigan Department of Corrections records show Long was imprisoned in 2012 for an 2008 unarmed robbery charge out of Kent County. Michigan State Police records also say he faced misdemeanor breaking and entering and felony weapons charges in 2012.

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