A former firefighter and ambulance service employee was killed in a shootout with police that also injured an officer, according to a Parchment city official.
Brandon Stacey, 31, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers on Tuesday, March 12, Parchment City Manager Nancy Stoddard said.
Stacey was a paid, on-call firefighter in Parchment, Stoddard said, from June 26, 2013, until Aug. 7, 2017.
Stacey also worked at Life EMS Ambulance service from February 2016 until he resigned in August 2017, according to a statement made on behalf of the company by public relations firm Seyferth PR.
A Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer was also shot Tuesday after he and another officer responded to the Biomat USA donor center in downtown Kalamazoo for a report of a shooting and exchanged gunfire with Stacey.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon the first two officers arriving to the report of a shooting at the business were confronted by a gunman standing just inside the door armed with a handgun.
The gunman shot at the officers, Thomas said, striking the bulletproof vest of one. The officers shot and killed the suspect, police said.
KDPS has not confirmed Stacey's identity and has not named the two officers involved in the incident, though Thomas said the officer whose bulletproof vest was struck was released from the hospital Tuesday. The incident is under investigation.
Stacey was employed at the plasma donation center at the time of the shooting, and had been an employee for less than a year, Grifols Public Affairs Director Vlasta Hakes said in a prepared statement.
"Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our employees and donors. We are especially grateful to the first responders and in particular, the police officer who was injured in the line of duty.
Additionally, we thank our employees for acting quickly to help prevent any additional injuries," Hakes said.
The company fully cooperated with the KDPS investigation of the incident, Hakes said.
Stacey lived at an address north of Parchment, according to court records.
On Wednesday afternoon, March 13, children's toys were seen in the front yard of the home. A barking dog was the only activity at the house.
Ray Key, who lives across from the Stacey home, said Brandon Stacey was a friendly neighbor who took care of his child really well.
There were multiple Michigan State Police vehicles and detectives at the home Tuesday, he said. The couple had one young daughter, Key said.
"They're average people," the neighbor said. "Real likable people."
Immediate family members could not be reached for comment at the home Wednesday.
Stacey and his wife, Kristina Stacey, filed for bankruptcy in October 2018. A court filing shows a Chapter 13 plan that they signed, agreeing to pay creditor Amerifirst Financial Corporation $19,619.92, and other terms.
Family and friends were stunned to learn he shot a police officer before police returned fire and killed him, a friend said.
Those closest to him think he wanted to commit "suicide by cop."
They could not imagine he would shoot a police officer and speculated that he shot at the officer's chest, knowing it was protected by a bulletproof vest.
"He wasn't a cop killer, he was looking to hurt himself," the friend said, asking his name not be used.
After Stacey allegedly tried to kill himself last year, he underwent mental-health treatment and his wife removed guns from their home, the friend said.
The friend said Stacey spent time in foster homes growing up. He worried if he could be a good father to his young daughter. He appeared to be a good dad, the friend said.
Stacey was happy and smiling the last time the friend saw him. A lot of people who knew him wondered how he could shoot a police officer. He had worked jobs helping others.
"I don't think they saw it coming at all," the friend said.
The incident Tuesday was the first time a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was shot in the line of duty since the fatal shooting of officer Eric Zapata in 2011. Zapata, 35 and a 10-year veteran of the force, was shot after he and other officers were dispatched on a report of shots fired on April 9, 2011, in the 1400 block of Hays Park Avenue in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood.
Tuesday's shooting was also the first fatal shooting by police in the city of Kalamazoo in more than five years.