Search on for second suspect after Muskegon Heights officer shot, wounded

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — While a Muskegon Heights police officer recovers after being shot at during a chase Saturday night, one person has been arrested and the search continues for a second suspect.

“(The officer is) fine,” Muskegon Heights Police Department Chief Maurice Sain said. “It’s my relief that he’s fine.”

The incident started when a driver ignored roadblocks on Hackley Avenue. The officer tried to pull the driver over near the intersection of 9th Street and Barney Avenue. But the suspect didn’t stop and led the officer on a chase, which ended at the intersection of Delano Avenue and 7th Street.

During the chase, Sain says, shots were fired at the officer from the fleeing car. The officer was able to drive himself to the hospital and has since been released after being treated for minor injuries.

“He suffered shrapnel to the left arm and a grazed cheek,” Sain listed. 

The officer’s name hasn’t been released. Sain said he has been employed with the department for about 4 years.

One of the suspects was taken into custody that same night. Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson told News 8 that charges have yet to be filed. Detectives are still working to determine which suspect was the shooter. 

It was a violent weekend in Muskegon Heights. In addition to the assault on the officer, police investigated a homicide just hours later. No one has been arrested in that killing.

“We are working that homicide now and believe we will have some information coming in the next day or so,” Sain said Monday.

Now, as the search continues for two suspects in two separate cases, Sain said he will do whatever it takes to make sure the community becomes a safer place to live.

“We have to do our job as a community to make sure things like this aren’t taken lightly. Sometimes when you live in an area where gun violence is happening frequently, you get numb to these situations,” he said. “I want our community to know this is not normal. This is not going to be Muskegon Heights normal. We are going to continue to fight to get these guns off the street and lean on our community to take accountability for what’s happening in our community.”

If you have any information regarding the shooting that injured the officer or the homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact the Muskegon Heights Police Department at 231.733.8900.

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