KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The person who authorities say shot and killed a Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputy over the weekend before dying in a shootout has been identified as a Vicksburg man.
Kyle Goidosik, 35, fled sheriff’s deputies Saturday night, opening fire from his car and killing Deputy Ryan Proxmire, authorities say. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department says Goidosik continued to lead other deputies on a chase before crashing in a field, at which point he opened fire on them again. They shot back and Goidosik was killed.
The Portage Department of Public Safety said it conducted a traffic stop Friday night, where Goidosik had bad license plates on his van and the trailer it was hauling. After taking his license and registration, an officer was making his way back to Goidosik when he drove off.
Officers did not go after Goidosik since the department’s no-chase policy only allows them to do so under life-threatening situations.
On Saturday, a second officer was able to pull him over on Portage Road just south of Milham Avenue. Goidosik stopped but sped away once the officer started walking toward him.
The chase that left Proxmire dead started after deputies spotted Goidosik at a gas station near Galesburg and he took off again.
Police were going to charge Goidosik with fleeing and eluding before he was killed.
Portage Department of Public Safety Director Nick Armold explained someone usually runs from police right away, adding that it was unusually different with Goidosik
“For some reason, he stopped, abided by the officer’s signals, gave them all the documents that he asked for — although most of them were wrong … incorrect, expired,” Armold said. “Then, he decided to flee for whatever reason.”
Authorities said they are shocked at the violent turn of events.
“Officers make contact with people all the time. Depending on what the circumstances are, you don’t necessarily know exactly who you’re really contacting and what their situation is and where their mindset is,” Armold said.
Online MSP records show Goidosik had only two previous arrests in Michigan: One for assault in December of 2020 and for a meth possession and a weapons charge in June of this year.
Court records show the victim in the assault case was Goidosik’s father. That case was still open. Goidosik was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on a bond violation. He was also scheduled to undergo a competency exam related to the meth case.
The officers involved in the shooting that left Goidosik dead are on administrative leave while MSP investigates the use of force. That’s standard procedure.