Michigan State Police investigating officer involved shooting in Lansing

Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred Thursday afternoon near the intersection of MLK and Saginaw Highway in Lansing. The incident that began with a car crash that escalated to shots being fired at police outside of Sparrow Hospital St. Lawrence Campus.

Thursday around 2 p.m. a man was involved in a crash near Sparrow Hospital St. Lawrence Campus. The man, who was armed, then fled the scene of the crash in his damaged vehicle. Officers from the Michigan State Police Lansing Post and the Lansing Police Department responded to the crash.

The vehicle that fled the scene of the crash matched the description of a wanted fugitive’s vehicle. It stopped at a nearby parking lot, at the St. Lawrence Campus. Calls to 911 reported sounds of gunshots and a person with a gun running into a nearby building.

Officers arrived and located the suspect outside of the building. Seeing that the suspect was armed, officers gave verbal commands to drop the weapon. Instead, Michigan State Police say the suspect pointed their weapon at the officers. One trooper fired his weapon, striking the suspect.

Officers provided medical care until the suspect, who they described as a 46-year-old man from Lansing, could be transported to the hospital. He remains hospitalized and in serious condition.

News 10 spoke with Sparrow officials, who confirmed that none of their employees were hurt.

In accordance with Michigan State Police policy, the trooper who discharged their weapon was placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation into the incident.

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