Chief: Wounded officer’s handcuffs used to arrest suspect

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of shooting a Muskegon Heights officer is in police custody.

Dayvon Malik Davis, 21, appeared in a Muskegon County courtroom Tuesday afternoon where he was formally charged with assault with intent to great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and four weapons charges.

Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas says Davis was armed and wearing body armor when he was arrested hours earlier at a business near Airline Road and E. Hile Road in Fruitport.

“He was handcuffed with the cuffs of the police officer he shot… You can run but you can’t hide,” Thomas said.

He said a second person, considered a person of interest in the case, has been detained for questioning.

The police chief identified the wounded policeman Tuesday as Officer Robert Kooi. He was shot in the arm while responding to a call at East Park Manor apartments on July 6.

Kooi is in “good spirits” as he recovers from his injury and plans to rejoin the force he’s been a member of for 2.5 years, the chief said.

Thomas commended the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Michigan State Police for their role in the case. He said he hopes the team effort sends a message to criminals.

“That shows you how fast we can unite,” Thomas said.

In 2016, Davis was sentenced to prison for bringing a loaded sawed-off shotgun to Muskegon Heights High School. Davis was 17 at the time of the September 2015 crime and was not a student of the school.

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