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Chief: Wounded officer, peers acted heroically


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming police officer is home recovering with his family, after being shot while responding to a domestic situation Thursday afternoon.

In a briefing Friday afternoon, Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said that officer, 15-year veteran Officer Frank Hartuniewicz, and the others who responded all acted heroically.

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Suspect in officer's shooting has criminal record


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The family of 31-year-old Alan "Al" James has confirmed that he is the suspect in the non-fatal shooting of a Wyoming police officer.

"He's been overwhelmed with some things, but never in a million years did I think he would do something like this," the suspect's brother Kyle James told WZZM 13 off camera.

Kyle didn't want to talk about his brother's past, but WZZM 13 has learned separately that Alan James had a drinking problem. In 2001, he was convicted of operating while intoxicated in Montcalm County.

In 2008, he was involved in an accident and pleaded guilty again to OWI.

In 2009, he was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon; records show he stabbed his wife in the neck with a knife. He ended up pleading to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 13 months of probation.

Neighbor, homes grazed by stray bullets in Wyoming shootout


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ricardo Sandoval was taking care of business Friday, a day after a bullet nicked his abdomen inside his home. Sandoval helped a siding contractor measure his home, which was damaged by gunfire in Thursday's shooting that police say was started by a neighbor, Al James.

Gunshots were evident in the rear of Sandoval's home, which is directly behind where James lives. Sandoval speaks only Spanish; a neighbor said he was fine after treatment at a hospital.

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Wyoming student hit by car on way to school


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A 17-year-old Wyoming High School student was hurt Wednesday morning when she was hit by a car outside the school.

The incident happened at about 7:00am.

According to Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reeder, the student rides the city bus and was crossing the street when she was hit. Paramedics treated her for about 12-15 minutes and then took her in an ambulance to the hospital. She was alert and talking at the time.


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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

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Brann's defends "American Sniper"


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- He says it's to honor the bravery of Chris Kyle: a West Michigan business owner says he's banning filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen from his restaurants.

Moore and Rogen had tweeted harsh criticism the movie "American Sniper," which tells the story of Chris Kyle.

Moore tweeted that he learned snipers are cowards, and Rogen tweeted that the movie reminded him of a Nazi propaganda film. Both have since backed away from those tweets.

The owner of Brann's then had his sign show a message that he won't ever serve Moore or Rogen.

"First of all this isn't about me," Tommy Brann said. "I mean, it's about Chris Kyle, an American hero. What he did was so patriotic. He served our country, and he did it well, and to call somebody that died a coward, I couldn't believe it."

Teen enters plea for accidental shooting death in parked car


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A teen accused of accidentally shooting a friend in August while handling a loaded handgun in a Wyoming gas station parking lot pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter.

Marquis Dushawn Kilgore, 17, entered the plea in Kent County Circuit Court the day his jury trial was scheduled to begin. He also pleaded guilty to felony use of a firearm, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office offered the plea after consulting with the family of 17-year-old Ta'Carhri Richardson, who died in the Aug. 3 shooting at a gas station parking lot on 28th Street SW in Wyoming.