Officer fires shots at stolen vehicle after 100 mph chase through Lowell, police say

LOWELL, MI – A Lowell police officer is on paid administrative leave while the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department investigates an officer-involved shooting involving a stolen vehicle early Saturday morning.

At one point during the incident, the police officer fired multiple shots at a vehicle coming at him, according to a news release issued by Lowell’s city manager. It’s unclear from the information released if the police officer’s gunshots struck anyone, but one of the suspects was later treated for a gunshot wound.

The police officer, who was on patrol in downtown Lowell, noticed a vehicle driving with high-beam headlights around 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, according to a news release issued by the city of Lowell. The officer flashed his lights to alert the driver, who did not dim their lights in response, police said in the release.

After he noticed the vehicle did not have a license plate, the officer turned on his lights in an attempt to pull over the suspect vehicle, the release said. The suspect vehicle did not stop, accelerating away from the officer to lead a short police chase at speeds topping 100 mph, police said in the release.

The suspect vehicle eventually pulled over on a dirt road in Boston Township of Ionia County, according to the release. After the officer got out of his vehicle to approach the suspects, the driver reversed their vehicle and drove directly at the officer.

The officer responded by firing shots at the vehicle, fearing for his life, according to the release issued by Lowell’s city manager. The suspect vehicle hit the patrol car and fled the scene. It was eventually found abandoned in a ditch, police said in the release.

Using a drone, law enforcement agencies located the suspects, who are now in custody. Police did not specify how many suspects were located. One suspect has been released.

One suspect was treated for a minor gunshot injury in the arm, and a second suspect was treated for an abrasion on their forehead, police said.

Police confirmed the suspect vehicle was stolen, according to the release.

The involved officer was not identified in the news release.

“Following our protocols, the office has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office conducts an investigation,” according to the release. “We are grateful neither the officer nor members of our community were injured during this incident.”

Lowell police were assisted in the incident by Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, City of Ionia Department of Public Safety and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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