law enforcement

PORTAGE, MI — The man shot and killed by Kalamazoo-area police Thursday was wanted on a warrant and was considered "possibly violent and armed," Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz said. The man was seen holding a "high-capacity, military-type weapon" while he was the passenger in a vehicle being chased by police, Hinz said. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The city of Battle Creek has identified Charles Pelfrey and Carl VanDyke as the patrol officers involved in a shooting Sunday morning. Under the Battle Creek Police Department's standard procedure, both are on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – Fewer sheriff's deputies could be patrolling Kalamazoo County roads if Oshtemo Township follows a consultant's advice to form its own police force. At a time when state revenue sharing cuts and rising costs have lowered the county's road patrol force of 42 deputies to roughly the same as 1968 levels, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller says he is eager to reach a new contract agreement with Oshtemo to ensure the seven officers currently assigned to that township aren't lost. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

A 19-year-old Battle Creek man was critically hurt in a shooting Sunday morning. Battle Creek police said the man had taken a handgun from a family member and had called 911 emergency dispatchers several times saying he wanted police to kill him. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

A rally supporting law enforcement is scheduled for May 16 in Battle Creek. “Almost every time you hear and read about police officers, it’s taken from a negative perspective,” said rally organizer Bobby Holley. “I think there needs to be some positive promotion out there to thank our law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve us all, for they are our hometown heroes.” (Battle Creek)

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