Community Police Officer Investigates Shots Fired in Lansing

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Officer Brian Whitsitt has been the Community Police Officer for Lansing's Baker-Donora neighborhood for two-and-a-half years.
He has gotten to know many of the people who live there and that has served him well in the past.

"I can get information they probably wouldn't feel comfortable giving to anybody else based on my relationship with the people in this community," said Whitsitt.

That is why he is especially concerned about two cases of shots fired reported on Donora Street early Thursday and Friday mornings.

"I take it very personal," said Whitsitt. "We work hard to keep the crime down in this area."

Sally Dean and her husband, Jerry, were asleep when the first night of shots happened, but woke up quickly.

"We heard this terrible bang, bang," said Dean. "My husband said they were firecrackers and I said 'no, I don't think so.'"

According to police, a car pulled behind another car with a man inside and began shooting multiple shots. They hit not only the car, but several homes including Dean's.

The next night, another home down the street was hit several times by bullets. Lansing Police say dealing with gun violence is difficult and they will be stepping up patrols in the area to fight it.

"I know that our Community Police Officer will be out there tonight until one or two o'clock in the morning so they flex their hours if needed," said Officer Robert Merritt of Lansing Police.

Officer Whitsitt is looking for help from the people he has grown to know so well in order to locate suspects.

"We're looking for community involvement, any witnesses that have any information," said Whitsitt.

The Lansing Police Department currently has six Community Police Officers.

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