Galesburg — A deputy sheriff critically wounded by a suspect who police said fired at deputies during a chase Saturday has died, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday evening.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that we announce Deputy Ryan Proxmire has succumb to his injuries,” the office posted on Facebook. “Please keep Dep. Proxmire, his family and his law enforcement family in your thoughts as we begin to grieve this tragic loss.”
The suspect was killed when deputies returned fire after he fired shots after getting out of his vehicle when the chase ended in a field, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies encountered the suspect Saturday evening at a gas station in Galesburg after he was reportedly involved in a chase earlier in the day with a neighboring law enforcement agency, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the deputies, got into a vehicle and drove away. A chase ensued. During the chase, the Sheriff’s Office said the suspect opened fire, wounding a deputy and causing the cruiser to go off the road.
Proxmire was assigned to the sheriff’s office road patrol team but had worked in the jail and instructed other deputies in field training, Taser use and tactics for control and defense.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect later lost control and drove off the road into a field.
Another driver stopped on the side of the road near the wounded deputy’s patrol vehicle and called 911.
The suspect’s name has not been released by authorities.