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Man killed by Kalamazoo police was former firefighter

March 13, 2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of trying to ambush police before he was fatally shot in Kalamazoo has been identified as a 31-year-old former firefighter.

Brandon Stacey was killed by police Tuesday during a shootout with two officers at a downtown plasma donation center. He was an employee at the business.

Officials in Parchment tell the Kalamazoo Gazette that Stacey was a volunteer firefighter in that community years ago. Life EMS Ambulance says he worked for the ambulance service for 18 months until August 2017.

Kalamazoo police say a gunman fired shots at the plasma center and then urged staff to call 911. An officer was injured during the shootout, but the injury wasn’t life-threatening.

State police were at Stacey’s home in the Parchment area Tuesday. A neighbor, Ray Key, says Stacey and his wife were “likable people.”

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