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Kalamazoo County Prosecutor finds officer-related shooting to be justified

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Jeffrey Getting is shown in a photo from his website gettingforprosecutor.com.
Jeffrey Getting is shown in a photo from his website gettingforprosecutor.com.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) --- Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says a Kalamazoo Public Safety Sergeant was justified in shooting 34-year-old Jacob Grassley.

The shooting followed a series of events that led police to believe that Grassley posed a threat to officers and others on January 24th as he ran up the stairs in the lobby of the Best Western Hotel on Cork Street.  His girlfriend had previously been a victim of domestic violence in an incident between the two.

Grassley had told several people that he was not going back to jail, and as far as they knew he was suicidal and armed with several handguns.  They chased him from downtown Kalamazoo to the hotel, shooting through traffic signals as they went, and even though officers blew out two of his tires, he would not stop.

Grassley reportedly ignored several police commands to stop as he ran into the lobby, and before he could acquire a position of strategic advantage on the second floor, Sergeant Seth Gordon, a SWAT veteran, shot three times, hitting Grassley twice in the back.  Those shots would prove fatal.

Getting says Gordon was the only officer that had a clean shot, and that it was a shot that could only be made with a gun.  Getting has found that Gordon's actions were reasonable given the circumstances, and therefore no charges will be filed.

Gordon has been on leave since the incident and will be getting back to work after the holiday weekend.

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