Videos released of police shooting at Meijer in East Lansing

Male in stable condition after being shot by officers in parking lot

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Police released body camera and surveillance footage on Thursday of the non-fatal shooting of a person who reportedly had a gun at a Meijer store in East Lansing.

Two officers within the East Lansing Police Department are on paid administrative leave while a police shooting is under investigation. On April 25, a male subject was shot at least twice by officers following a foot pursuit inside and outside of a Meijer store on Lake Lansing Road.

According to East Lansing police, at about 6:36 p.m. on April 25, officers responded to a report that a male had pulled a gun out of his vehicle, stuck it in his pocket and went into the store. When officers arrived at the scene, they located the male in question inside the store, and then a foot pursuit ensued through the store and out into the parking lot.

In the footage released Thursday, May 5, officers pursuing the suspect can be heard calling out to one another that he had a gun in hand. The suspect -- whose identity is unknown at this time -- was ultimately shot by officers in the Meijer parking lot.

It appears that the male was shot in the abdomen and the leg. He was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition, police reported. It is unclear how many times he was shot.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.

East Lansing police released officers’ body camera footage, as well as surveillance footage captured by the Meijer store, in an effort to be transparent, officials said Thursday.

“Building public trust means remaining present in these challenging times, engaging in tough conversations and being as transparent as possible with our community members,” said police Chief Kim Johnson.

Much of the footage provided was graphic in nature. The videos shared by police Thursday included the events leading up to the shooting, the actual shooting and the events immediately after.

Below, we’re sharing some of the body camera and surveillance footage provided, though the videos have been clipped to exclude the shooting. The footage below shows events leading up to the shooting only. Some content and individuals have been blurred by police to ensure privacy.

VIEWER WARNING: Content may include foul language.

Police body camera footage, officers in store

East Lansing police shooting -- officer body cam 2

Police body camera footage, officer in parking lot

East Lansing police shooting -- officer body cam 1

Meijer surveillance footage of parking lot

East Lansing police shooting -- surveillance footage 1
East Lansing police shooting -- surveillance footage 2

“We want to reassure our community that we are listening, and we are committed to doing the right things in terms of process to ensure that we get the answers that are needed, make decisions accordingly and, ultimately, move forward as a community,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.

Two East Lansing police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as Michigan State Police investigate the incident, which is common practice following an officer-involved shooting. The officers’ identities have not been released.

Click here for more information from the East Lansing Police Department.

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