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UPDATE: Stabbing suspect shot by Portage officer will survive

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Detectives say the stabbing occurred at this intersection at around 12:45 as the suspect and his victim sat in a car waiting for a red light. The picture looks across Romence, north down Constitution Boulevard. That's the direction the suspect fled.
The shooting occurred on a bike path behind this apartment complex.  Police were not allowing media near the crime scene while it was being examined by forensics.
Detectives say the stabbing occurred at this intersection at around 12:45 as the suspect and his victim sat in a car waiting for a red light. The picture looks across Romence, north down Constitution Boulevard. That's the direction the suspect fled.

PORTAGE (WKZO) -- The suspect in a stabbing in Portage is out of the hospital after he was shot by a Portage Public Safety officer, and is now sitting in the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting arraignment sometime Wednesday.

Michigan State Police have been asked to investigate the police shooting involving a plainclothes officer from Portage who confronted the knife-wielding suspect as he was escaping from the crime scene down a bike path near the Crossroads Village Apartments.

It happened just blocks away from Christmas shoppers going about their business in Portage’s busy retail corridor about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Daniel Miles says it all began when the suspect stabbed a female acquaintance, as they were sitting in a car at Constitution and Romence.

The suspect then got out of the car and fled north on foot.

Armed with a description from the victim, Portage Public Safety Officers quickly set up a perimeter and that resulted in the confrontation that ended with the shooting.

It was the first officer-involved shooting in Portage in over a decade.

The Plain Clothes Officer has been put on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting. The condition of the female victim has not been released.

The 33-year-old suspect was treated for the gunshot wound and released from Bronson Hospital. He was immediately arrested for felonious assault and kidnapping and lodged at the County Jail.

 

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