Officials release 911 calls made before man shot by police outside E.L. Meijer store




  • In US
  • 2022-05-14 00:24:55Z
  • By Lansing State Journal
 

EAST LANSING - Authorities on Friday released recordings of 911 calls that culminated in the shooting of a Black man by police officers last month in the parking lot of an East Lansing store.

"Some guy just ... got out of his car, started in toward the store, came back and pulled a gun out of his car and ran into the store," the female caller told a dispatcher on April 25, minutes before DeAnthony VanAtten was struck by gunfire while running from officers outside the Meijer store on Lake Lansing Road.

At the dispatcher's request, the caller gave a detailed description of the man, noting he was Black and was wearing a mask that covered "every bit of his face except for his eyes,"

"I'm actually leaving because I don't want to be involved in it," said the caller, who called back to provide the license plate number on the man's vehicle.

The recordings were released in response to a public records request. They were released on the same day Michigan State Police said they had completed their investigation of the incident and forwarded reports to the state Attorney General's Office for review.

The initial 911 calls were not included among evidence released by East Lansing police in a May 5 news conference. On that day, the city released video taken from four officers' body cameras and two clips captured by an outdoor store surveillance camera.

The video indicated four officers chased VanAtten through the store and parking lot. Two of them fired their weapons and are on paid leave while the investigation is pending.

VanAtten, 20, was shot twice and treated at Sparrow Hospital before being transferred to the Ingham County Jail on a probation violation warrant. He was later released from custody.

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Black Lives Matter Lansing and the city's Independent Police Oversight Commission have asked that more video from the incident be released. Activists have also asked for information about how officers and dispatchers are trained to handle so-called bias-driven calls.

In the 911 recordings released Friday, the caller described seeing the man get a gun out of a Chevrolet Equinox and go into the store's grocery entrance. She also described the vehicle and said a woman was sitting inside it.

She was asked to describe the man, including his race, saying he was a Black man in his 20s wearing a yellow shirt, black jacket and a mask that covered most of his face. She also gave a description of the gun she saw and said the man put it into a coat pocket.

Contact Ken Palmer at kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj.

This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: 911 calls made before man shot by police outside E.L. Meijer released

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