3 Officers Shot, Hostage Killed During Home Invasion

Three law enforcement officers from three different agencies were wounded on Sunday responding to a home invasion.

Comstock Township, MI – Three law enforcement officers were shot and a hostage was killed during a home invasion in Kalamazoo County on Sunday night.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 after an armed suspected broke into a residence off Proctor Avenue near King Highway, WXMI reported.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller told reporters at a press conference on Monday morning that the victims inside the home did not know the intruder.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said it received multiple 911 calls reporting an intruder inside the home holding multiple people hostage, WOOD reported.

Authorities were able to talk on the phone to the hostages and the suspect while sheriff’s deputies, Michigan State Police troopers, and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) officers responded simultaneously to the scene.

Sheriff Fuller explained that the regional SWAT team was also called to the scene but had not arrived yet when things progressed.

As soon as the first officers and deputies arrived at the residence, they heard gunfire from inside the home, WOOD reported.

A group of officers from all three agencies moved in to try to rescue the hostages but the suspect turned his weapon on law enforcement at that point.

“Officers went into the residence to try to save lives. The officers went in with a plan and worked that plan as a team,” Sheriff Fuller said. “During the incident, three officers received injuries due to the suspect firing his gun.”

The sheriff further explained what happened during the incident.

“There were a lot of rounds fired off last night by the suspect, and no officers were in a position to return any fire because they were worried about other victims,” he said. “And that’s why you have three injured officers today and the suspect in custody.”

Officials identified two of the three wounded law enforcement officers.

KDPS Officer Caleb Jones was shot in the shoulder and remained in the hospital in “good condition,” KDPS officials said.

Officer Jones, a three-year veteran of the department, is also a member of the SWAT team.

Michigan State Police officials said that Trooper Mark Fletcher had been struck in the lower leg by gunfire.

He was treated and has already been released from the hospital.

Sheriff Fuller said that one of his rookie Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies received a graze wound to the head, but he did not release the deputy’s name.

He told reporters that the wounded deputy had been a member of the sheriff’s department for less than a year.

The homeowner, who was shot by the suspect before police entered the home, died of his wounds at the scene.

“The young man who was lost was new to this community but he was taking care of his family last night,” Sheriff Fuller said.

He explained that the mother protected their little girl by hiding the child upstairs while the father faced off with the intruder downstairs.

Police said the suspect tried to flee the house after he shot the officers but that he was captured and arrested, WOOD reported.

Officials from all three affected departments expressed condolences to the family of the hostage who was killed, calling it a “senseless and tragic incident” and pointing out that the family had nothing to do with it and were just victims.

Sheriff Fuller said the law enforcement officers who were at the scene were struggling with the outcome of the incident.

“They were at the scene and did everything they could, and there’s still a loss,” the sheriff told reporters.

He said the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office has taken the lead on the investigation and will be seeking charges against the suspect for murder, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, multiple counts of assault with intent to murder, and multiple other firearms charges.

Sheriff Fuller said suspect was being held at the county jail and praised the restraint of the arresting officers who brought him in.

Comments (31)
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JBoH
JBoH

Prayers to those who lost their husband and dad and many thanks to the officers for doing a dangerous job and preventing more loss of life.

Glockman43
Glockman43

Usual suspect??

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Hmmmmm

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So, no officers shot their weapons? Not sure I believe that. Roll tape.

The article is pretty clear that the hostage was killed by the home invader, so I am inclined to believe that part (at least tentatively).

Patmandy
Patmandy

Since you are a cop hater why did you bother to even comment?

Rob56
Rob56

In custody?? To bad a body bag for this guy wasn't mentioned

Srussell
Srussell

The officers showed GREAT restraint in arresting the a-hole rather than shooting him dead which they could have done so lawfully!! BUT, they were more interested in saving the hostages than their own safety. That's what true heroes look like, that's what selflessness looks like!! There is no "hidden" meaning in the words of this story and nothing to hide!! These officers were distraught because they are humans with souls and an innocent person lost their life. Go troll somewhere else or put a damn uniform on and shut your mouth!

KillAllBLMSupporters
KillAllBLMSupporters

Great, now a family is left without a father. Absolutely disgusting what is going on, I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest

bryantrent
bryantrent

Scary

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

A BIG THANK YOU to these BRAVE LEO's who are truly HEROS....they put their own lives in jeopardy to save an innocent family who had fallen victim to a SCUM-BAG....Prayers for their speedy recovery....AND prayers for this poor family who lost their husband and dad at the hands of a POS MISFIT....I hope and pray Texas does what is right in this situation and EXECUTES this CREEP!!!!!

bob95648
bob95648

Too bad that family didn't have a big dog and an AR15. The outcome might have been a lot different.

NomonK
NomonK

Cop haters are with a doubt the real low lifes of America. At least those that shoot at and kill cops are honest about their life as scumbags. Always remember words of hate are the least place of danger the mouthpiece can place themselves. They are as safe as the Snowflakes falling in the highest peaks of the Rockies. So brave🤕🤣🤕🤣

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Cop Haters are so ungrateful for the sacrifice Officers make to protect the sorry asses who hate them.

Hope that family finds peace, and the Officers involved as well.

Clay W
Clay W

Text book example of why we need the 2nd amendment! That kind of shit doesn't happen in my neck of the woods. Try a home invasion at my house. It would be a lot easier to just walk in to hell.