Authorities: Suspect who opened fire on officers shot, hospitalized

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a suspect who shot at officers and was wounded when they returned fire has been arrested following a standoff in Marshall.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says that a deputy and two Marshall police officers went to the house on W. Hanover Street near Cherry Street around 10:45 a.m. Friday to take the suspect to the hospital on a mental health court order.

When the suspect, a 30-year-old man, opened the door, he immediately opened fire. The officers returned fire and took cover.

“It caught me off guard,” said neighbor Jay Gilyard-Schnaitman, who heard the gunfire and whose home security camera recorded what happened. “I’m ex-military and so my first reaction was to go the opposite way. I had my dog with me, so just get down.”

“I called my husband and was like, ‘Hey, you need to get home now,’ and just told all the kids to get in the basement,” he added.

None of the officers were actually hit by a bullet.

A standoff ensued. Authorities eventually got the suspect on the phone, then went into the home before 2 p.m.

The suspect had been shot in the exchange of gunfire, so he was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital to be treated.

Michigan State Police are investigating.

Jack Miller, who lives several houses down, said nothing like the shooting and standoff had ever happened in the neighborhood.

“It got the neighborhood pretty riled up. Everybody was pretty concerned out there,” he said. “It’s pretty weird to be happening here.”

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