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Man Dies In Shootout With Police

Damaged Kalamazoo Police Car
Damaged Kalamazoo Police Car

BELDING (WKZO) -- A Greenville man has died in a shootout with Belding Police.  Officers heard shots outside the Belding Police Station a little after 5:00 Saturday morning.  They say 55 year old Bernard “Bud” Rowley Jr. had shot out the windows in a patrol car.  He jumped in a white van and sped away with police in pursuit. When they cornered him, he came out firing and died when a Belding officer returned fire. 

His Nephew, Jerry Wright, said he had been depressed for some time.  The Belding officer who shot Rawley has been put on paid administrative leave while State Police perform a routine review of the shooting.