Kalamazoo Birthday Party Erupts in Guns being Pulled with Children Present

KALAMAZOO, MI – On Sunday March 24th, 2019, at approximately 6:06 pm Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety  Officers responded to the 700 block  of N. Pitcher St. in reference to a fight complaint, where multiple subjects were present with handguns.Kalamazoo Police

Upon arrival officers encountered a large group of individuals and preliminary information was obtained that two subjects with firearms ran into one of the houses. During this time officers observed another male running from the area between houses. This male a 31 year old Kalamazoo resident was contacted by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety  Officers and a handgun was found discarded along this male’s path of travel.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers continued their investigation at the residence where the other two subjects were observed running into by witnesses. From this investigation another 31 year old Kalamazoo resident was arrested for Felonious Assault-Firearm and two handguns believed to be used in this incident were recovered from inside the residence.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers found that the fight erupted between neighbors during a birthday party that was being held at the involved resident’s house and escalated to the point that firearms were pulled out and pointed at individuals, no shots were fired. Numerous children were present during this altercation.

Only one adult female sustained minor injury related to the physical altercation and no medical treatment was required.

Information was obtained that additional subjects were present with firearms and the investigation is ongoing. Additionally cell phone video may have captured this incident and if anyone has video of this incident they are urged to contact KDPS.

Both suspects were arrested and lodged at Kalamazoo County Jail on weapons related charges.

Public Safety is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994, the Criminal Investigation Division at 337-8139, or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

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