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Update on Wyoming Shootings: Statement from Officer’s Family, Investigations Continue

WYOMING, MI – Investigations into yesterday’s shootings will continue throughout the weekend as Wyoming Public Safety and the Michigan State Police continue to gather evidence and interview witnesses.Officer Frank Hartuniewicz

The suspect, who has been identified as 31-year-old Al James by family and friends, in the shooting of Wyoming Public Safety Officer Frank Hartuniewicz remains hospitalized at this time in critical condition. He has yet to be charged or arraigned in the shootings.

A 15-year-veteran officer, Hartuniewicz was resting comfortably at home on Friday, recovering from wounds he received during Thursday’s shooting. He and his family will not be doing interviews but have released the following statement:

As a family, we appreciate the many thoughts, prayers and kind words we have received over the past 24 hours. This has been an extremely challenging time, and we are so grateful for the tremendous support of our community. We also want to recognize the many officers and departments who immediately came to the aid of Wyoming Public Safety yesterday.

It has been my honor to have served as an officer for the City of Wyoming for the past 15 years, and I look forward to returning to duty when I am able.

We appreciate the media’s sensitivity at this time and ask they continue to respect our privacy.

Wyoming Public Safety Director Jim Carmody praised the work of Hartuniewicz, Wyoming Public Safety officers and other departments and agencies who responded to yesterday’s shootings. He also echoed thanks posted earlier today to Facebook for the outpouring of community support that his team has received over the past 24 hours.

“As a department, our goal is to ensure that every officer makes it home at the end of every day,” Carmody said. “We were deeply grateful that Frank was able to be treated and released from the hospital last night so that he could return home to his family. His bravery exemplifies the spirit of the Wyoming officers who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our community.

Reported Shooter Al James/Facebook photo

Reported Shooter Al James/Facebook photo

“I would join Frank and his family in expressing our deep appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy and concern in the wake of yesterday’s shooting. At every turn this past year, our community has rallied behind our officers – and yesterday was no exception.

“We would like to say a special word of thanks to the men and women who responded from the FBI, Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Rapids Police Department, East Grand Rapids Public Safety, Grandville Police Department and Kentwood Police Department.

“Finally, I would ask that all members of the media respect the family’s request for privacy.” Anyone with information about the shootings should call 616.530.7300.

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