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Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department investigates after officer shoots and injures man


A Kalamazoo public safety officer is on leave after he shot and injured a man on the city’s north side early Friday morning. 

The Department says the man was holding a gun when an officer confronted him outside a house and shot him in the hip.

Kalamazoo’s Public Safety Department says it’s investigating after the shooting. In bodycam footage from the scene, the man seems to be shouting at someone as the officer arrives.  The officer approaches, then shouts for the man to ‘drop the gun’ before a shot is heard.

In a video statement Friday, KDPS Chief Vernon Coakley said the man is being treated for the injury at a local hospital and his life is not in danger. Coakley said the department would get an impartial, outside review of the incident from the Michigan State Police.

"We ask our community to be patient while this investigation is being conducted," Coakley said.