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*UPDATE* Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Officers - Sparta Township

September 14th, 2020 9:39 pm

Contact:          Sgt. Joy Matthews
PH:                  (616) 632-6106
Email:              joy.matthews@kentcountymi.gov

UPDATE on 09/16/2020 at 2:25 PM: The Kent County Prosecutor's Office issued the following six charges on Jermaine Bolton: two counts of assault with the intent to commit great bodily harm, one count of discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, one count of fleeing and eluding 3rd degree, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, and one count of felony firearm. Bolton's bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety and he is currently being held at the Musekgon County Jail.

SPARTA Township, Mich: On 09/14/2020 at 7:07 PM, a Kent County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way at a high rate of speed on M-37 near Sparta. The deputy initiated a traffic stop due to the reckless driving. During the traffic stop, the suspect shot at the officer and drove away. The officer was not injured and was able to pursue the suspect vehicle and call for help knowing the deadly circumstance that was present. The Walker Police Department assisted in attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. 

During the pursuit, the suspect continued to shoot at pursuing officers, striking a Walker Police Department cruiser. The suspect eventually entered onto I-96 headed westbound in the eastbound lanes. For the safety of the public, officers had to force the vehicle off the road by intentionally crashing it. After the vehicle came to a stop, officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. At no point during the incident were shots fired by officers and there were no injuries involved to either the officers or the suspect. 

At this point, the investigation continues which will include collection of evidence at the shooting locations. The suspect is also being investigated by the Muskegon Heights Police Department for an incident that occurred in their city. There will be no further updates on this incident tonight.