WYOMING, MICH. - A 25-year-old man is dead after a shooting involving a Wyoming police officer.
According to a release from the city of Wyoming, that man has been identified as Sadiq Bishara-Abaker Idris. Officials believe the native of Sudan had been living in Grand Rapids.
Police say Idris died from a single gunshot wound, although complete autopsy results are still pending the completion of a toxicology screen.
Just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a report of a semi-automatic pistol stolen from a gun store. Police say Idris left the store on a bicycle.
Officers found the bicycle, but did not locate Idris. Shortly after 7 p.m. a caller spotted him on 32nd Street SE. The caller said the suspect had a gun in his back pocket.
Wyoming Police Captain Kim Koster says an officer found Idris and confronted him. She says he reached for his gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer responded to the threat by firing his weapon in self defense, hitting Idris.
"Obviously it's a traumatic thing for an officer to go through," Koster said. "We're supporting him at this time, following all of our procedures and protocol, but we are definitely surrounding our officer right now, very glad that he's safe and again that the public was not in any harm."
Investigators are currently talking to eyewitnesses and are reviewing dash cam video that captured a portion of the incident. Police say that video will not be released to the public at this time.
Per departmental policy, the officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Kent County Sheriff's Department.
The officer has five years of experience in law enforcement, but is new to the Wyoming Police Department.
Another article said the police officer came from Virginia. Whenever you see or hear of this type of shooting you can't help but wonder if it will be another Ferguson. So far not and I hope it stays that way.
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