Police release body camera footage of shooting that injured officers, led to death of suspect
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Police released body camera footage of the shooting that happened in the 700 block of Highland late Thursday night. Two police officers were shot and the suspect was killed when police returned fire, according to the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety.
Daniel McGinnis, the Director of the Department of Public Safety, held a press conference at 11 a.m. to discuss the shooting.
McGinnis said Sgt. Gee spotted the vehicle of a person who was wanted, Dustin Saffell, parked in the driveway at the residence.
Saffell was wanted on warrant for home invasion and unlawful imprisonment. He had bragged on social media about successfully run from police earlier in the week, McGinnis said.
Due to past encounters with Saffell, Sgt. Gee asked for assistance before approaching Saffell.
After Officer Kinzler arrived, Sgt. Gee got out of his vehicle to make contact with Saffell.
Saffell got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and started shooting at the officers.
Sgt. Gee and Officer Kinzler returned fire.
Saffell fired 15 rounds, police said. They said he had an extended magazine on his weapon.
Sgt. Gee was shot in the stomach, which hit his vest, and the leg.
Officer Kinzler was shot three times. Twice in the midsection and once in the leg. He was shot when he went to help Sgt Gee.
Saffell died as a result of the shooting.
McGinnis showed the body camera footage of the incident during the press conference.
Watch the body camera video in the video player at the top of the story.