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Prosecutor: Cops acted in self-defense during shootout

Associated Press

Wyoming — A prosecutor has determined two police officers acted in self-defense during a fatal shootout with a suspect in a Grand Rapids suburb.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth issued an opinion Monday on the Jan. 29 incident involving Alan James of Wyoming. Officers from the Wyoming and Kentwood police departments were responding to a domestic complaint when James started firing shots.

Forsyth said the two officers in question acted appropriately because the suspect’s actions placed them in imminent danger of death of great bodily harm.

The officers fired 11 shots at James after he pointed a gun at them. He had already wounded Wyoming police officer Frank Hartuniewicz and fired shots at two other officers.

James died nine days later at a hospital.