Parole absconder killed in officer-involved shooting

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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A file mug shot of Thomas Verile Jr.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A parole absconder was killed when the fugitive task force looking for him found him at a Kalamazoo home Thursday morning.

Michigan State Police identified the man who died as 37-year-old Thomas Verile Jr. of Scotts.

MSP says its Fifth District Fugitive Team had been searching for Verile for several days. Officers tried to arrest him Tuesday, but MSP says he nearly hit two detectives with his car, crashed through two gates, then ran off when his car stopped running.

On Thursday, the team’s investigation led them to a home in the 2800 block of East G Avenue near Mount Olivet Road, just inside Kalamazoo’s northern border with Cooper Township.

Officers were let into the home around 10 a.m. and found Verile in the basement. MSP says he threatened the officers, saying he had a weapon. 

Investigators say the officers tried to negotiate with Verile before several officers fired shots at him, wounding him. Verile was taken to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, where he died.

MSP says all four officers who went to the home are OK. MSP says the officers are from the Michigan State Police Fifth District Special Investigation Section, Battle Creek Police Department, Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service. It’s unclear which officers fired and how many shots were fired.

MSP initially said the home belongs to a relative of Verile. However, family of the homeowner said Verile was the boyfriend of the homeowner’s niece.

Police said Verile was wanted for violating his parole linked to breaking and entering and weapons convictions. He also had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court when accused of a weapons charge and child neglect.

The MSP Third District Investigative Response Team is handling the investigation.

— 24 Hour News 8 Reporter Heather Walker contributed to this report.

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