Suspect identified in Kalamazoo police shooting

Suspect identified in Kalamazoo police shooting. (WWMT/Matt Loughrin)

The suspect involved in the shooting of a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer was identified Tuesday night as Brandon Stacey, 31, of Cooper Township.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to Grifols Biomat USA Plasma Center after shots were fired near the corner of North Edwards Street and East Kalamazoo Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Initially he shot inside the building and told others to call police," said Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Police Chief Karrianne Thomas.

Police said Stacey, a man in his early 30's, was an employee at the plasma donation center.

Amy Zeigler said she was sitting in the parking lot of the plasma center when she heard gunfire.

Zeigler said, "The cops went inside, and all we heard was boom, boom, boom."

Thomas said Stacey waited by the doorway when police responded minutes later.

"It appears that he entered the business with the intent to draw officers in and then ambush them upon entry," said Thomas.

Police said Stacey fired multiple rounds hitting one officer in the torso. Thomas said a second responding officer, with 8 months of experience, returned fire and killed the suspect.

"We heard a single shot and then there was a rapid succession of gun fire. Probably 10-15 shots in a couple of seconds," said Tom Hinton, who was at Biomat USA, said.

Biomat USA employees hid and remained barricaded inside until it was safe to leave.

"We moved the table in the office up against the door. We had everyone on the floor, I moved them away from the door, so everyone was safe," said Hinton.

Many nearby businesses downtown were placed lock down and some even closed for the day.

Michigan State Police searched Stacey's house on the 5000 block of North 20th Street in Cooper Township.

Thomas said the motive for the shooting was unknown as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Even in Kalamazoo we're not immune to workplace violence or violence against our first responders," Thomas said.

Thomas said the officer who was shot suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital.

"He was doing remarkably well and that bulletproof vest saved his life," Thomas said.

Grifols, the company that owns the Biomat USA Plasma Center, said it was cooperating with police.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said, "We thank our employees for acting quickly to help prevent any additional injuries."

The Michigan State Police will conduct the investigation going forward. The names of Kalamazoo Public Safety officers involved have not been released.

U.S. Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said he's praying for the officer who was shot to make a full recovery.

In a statement Upton wrote, "We are so grateful for the brave men and women who work to protect our families and our communities. Every minute of every day these officers put their lives on the line. when you see a law enforcement official, be sure to thank them for their service."

In a statement on Facebook, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller wrote, "Today was a scary one for a lot of people. I'm thankful to hear the officers involved are healthy and well. I'm also thankful for the men and women in Kalamazoo who answer the call for help as professionally as any Law Enforcement community in the U.S."