Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy dies, gunman killed in Michigan chase

Posted at 4:32 PM, Aug 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 16:36:18-04

GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) — Deputy Ryan Proximire with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office died late Sunday after succumbing to his injuries, the department said.

The sheriff's office says a chase ended with a suspected gunman dead. The deputy was initially critically wounded.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says deputies encountered the suspect Saturday evening at a gas station in Galesburg after he was reportedly involved in a chase earlier in the day with a neighboring law enforcement agency.

The suspect is accused of pointing a gun at the deputies, getting in a vehicle and driving away. The sheriff's office says the gunman shot Deputy Ryan Proxmire during a chase. The suspect later drove off the road into a field.

"Deputy Proxmire, his family, and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement need your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragic situation," the department wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

The suspect is accused of getting out and firing shots. Other deputies returned fire, killing him.