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    KALAMAZOO, MI — A man fatally shot a police officer late last night before killing himself after fleeing from officers who were investigating reports of gunfire in the 1400 block of Hays Park Avenue.

    Officers encountered the 31-year-old Kalamazoo man on the porch of a home about 11:18 p.m. Monday and asked him whether he had heard shots in the area, the Kalamazoo Public Safety department said in a statement. Police said the man advanced toward an officer, brandished a handgun and exchanged gunfire with the officer before fleeing between houses.

    Seconds later, police said, officers heard another round of gunfire and found a Kalamazoo officer fatally shot. The names of the officer and the man weren't immediately released.

    The suspect died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, police said. The shooting was being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Standards.

    "Kalamazoo Public Safety request prayers for the officer's family, loved ones and members of our department in the aftermath of this tragedy," the department's statement said.

    Additional information was expected to be released this afternoon, police said.



    RIP Officer Zapata Thank you for your service Brother....GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.
    Last edited by Livew1re; 04-19-2011, 04:36 PM.

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    • #3
      It refuses to stop



      Rest In Peace Officer
      Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

      My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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      • #4
        I'm so sorry for the loss... My prayers are with the family and the Kalamazoo PD. Another hero lost and I'm again at loss for words.
        R.I.P. #2083, You will never be forgotten.

        Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matt. 5:9

        Inmates seem really into counting the number of officers it took to take them down. If only their love of math had blossomed earlier.

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        • #5
          Rest in peace Officer Zapata.


          http://www.odmp.org/officer/20826-pu...er-eric-zapata




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          "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." - Teddy Roosevelt

          Disclaimer: The opinions I express here are mine and mine alone. They are not intended to reflect the positions/opinions of any other known person(s) or organization(s).

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          • #6
            Rest in Peace Zapata.

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            • #7
              Everytime I read one of these I get shivers down my back, this trend for this year needs to stop. RIP.

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              • #8
                Condolences enroute..............

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