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Gunmen Ambush Cop In Unmarked Patrol Car, Fire At Least 24 Shots

Grand Rapids, MI – Several people opened fire on an officer in an unmarked police cruiser June 24 in what is being described as an ambush.

The officer was able to escape a barrage of at least 24 bullets without being injured at about 10:30 p.m., according to the New York Post.

The officer didn’t return fire, according to WOOD.

The Grand Rapids Police said they were not sure if the suspects knew it was a police officer they were shooting at, according to WOOD.

Grand Rapids was the site of a riot on May 30 after a protest over the death of George Floyd turned violent.

WDIV reported the May 30 protest resulted in an estimated $448,000 in damage. That preliminary estimate did not include the cost of overtime for police and fire or the cost of items stolen by looters, according to WDIV.

During the Grand Rapids riot, there were seven police vehicles that were broken into and there were more than 100 businesses that reported suffering damage, WDIV reported.

Five of the damaged police vehicles were from the city of Wyoming and the other two were from Grand Rapids.

The May 30 rioters started fires and smashed windows and then started looting the local businesses. The Grand Rapids Art Museum reported having windows shattered.

The police used tear gas on the protesters, according to WDIV.

The Grand Rapids Press reported that there have been 14 people charged in connection with the riots. That includes 13 adults and one juvenile that have been charged with crimes.

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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