Police Officer Shot, Suspect Killed In Downtown Kalamazoo

police line
Photo credit (photo: dreamstime)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

KALAMAZOO (WWJ) - A police officer is hospitalized, and a suspect is dead, following a shooting at a plasma donation center in downtown Kalamazoo. 

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas said a gunman entered Grifols Biomat USA Plasma Center, at N. Edwards St. and W. Kalamazoo Ave., "with the intent to draw officers in and then ambush them.” 

A witness told police a former employee showed up at around noon on Tuesday, fired a shot into the air and told workers to call 911. 

As the first two officers arrived on the scene, Thomas said the suspect opened fire, striking one of them in the torso. 

"He was saved today by his bullet-proof vest and the quick reaction of his fellow officer," the officer told reporters at a news conference.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Businesses were on lockdown and streets were closed with a large police presence in the area into the afternoon. 

Shakespeare's Pub owner Ted Vadella temporarily shut down his business to keep customers safe, as his staff counted about 25 police officers and several ambulances on the scene.

"We didn't hear any gunshots; we didn't hear any ruckus until the police came by," he told WWJ's Michael Cohen. "They surrounded the building and they detained whatever they were trying to detain."

A motive for the incident in unknown as an investigation continues. 

Details about the suspect, including his name and hometown, were not immediately released.