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Kalamazoo Public Safety releases details in shooting case

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43-year-old Jacob Grassley
Chief Jeffrey Hadley taking questions from the media at Public Safety Headquarters
43-year-old Jacob Grassley

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley has held a press conference to explain a police involved shooting that left a Kalamazoo man dead Thursday evening. 

34-year-old Jacob Grassley was the subject of a domestic violence report Thursday, and it is believed at the time he was armed with two handguns and an SKS rifle, but Chief Jeff Hadley says he was not armed at the time he was shot.  

He had been the subject of a car chase about 8 hours after the initial complaint was filed, and his tires were blown out with stop sticks near the Best Western Hotel on Cork Street.

He abandoned the car and ran inside with the officers right behind him.  Cheif Hadley says he failed to comply with their orders and was shot.   Hadley says four officers are on "excused time off" and can come back to work when they feel up to it. 

 They have not been interviewed. Chief Hadley was not sure how many shots had been fired, how many times Grassley was shot, where he was shot or what prompted the officer or officers to open fire. But in their preliminary reveiw,  Hadley says "it appears that our officers acted within policy, in the legal restraints in which they are bound." 

 Two internal investigations will be conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division and by the Office of Professional Standards.   

For the moment, the four officers involved directly in the case have not been suspended, but iven excused time off.  Chief Hadley says no more information will be released until the investigations are concluded. 

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