MSP chases shooting suspect through downtown Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County

A driver hit two undercover MSP cars during a high-speed chase in Kalamazoo that ended in a crash Thursday.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — There was a high-speed chase through downtown Kalamazoo Thursday.

It happened around 11:25 a.m. when authorities saw a fugitive pull into a Marathon gas station on Sprinkle Road near the I-94 Business Loop. The Michigan State Police were trying arrest the man, who was wanted for a Kalamazoo-area shooting and several felony warrants, according to the MSP 5th District Fugitive Team.

After confirming he was their suspect, 22-year-old Jeremy Thrasher of Portage, authorities said they tried to box him in before he could get away. He then hit two undercover MSP cars and took off down East Main Street. A marked MSP car followed the car as the driver went the wrong way down Michigan Avenue into Kalamazoo.

The trooper lost sight of the of the car, but it was later found by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

The suspect then crashed near the Park Trades Center on Parks Street and jumped out of his car.

The scene of a crash following a high-speed chase in Kalamazoo on April 15, 2021. (Courtesy Michigan State Police)

He ran across the street to the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services parking lot, where he was arrested.

Police say a handgun with a single round in the chamber was recovered from him. A fully loaded magazine was also found under the floorboard of the car.

There have been no reported injuries from the chase. Some MSP cars were damaged.

The suspect was taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail. He’s since been charged with fleeing a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer, malicious destruction of fire or police property, felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

*Correction: A previous version of this article stated the Marathon gas station where MSP initially tried to arrest the suspect is on Sprinkle Road near Main Street. That gas station is actually at Sprinkle near the I-94 Business Loop, a couple miles south of Main. The chase did proceed down Main at one point.

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