Gun used to fire at Midland police officer recently reported stolen from vehicle

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MIDLAND (WJRT) (3/12/2018) - Police say the gun used to fire at a Midland police officer early Monday had been reported stolen from a vehicle recently.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser talks about the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left a Midland break-in suspect dead.

The police officer shot and killed the teenage suspect before authorities arrested a second teenage suspect.

Both were accused of breaking into vehicles parked in the 200 block of East Ashman Street around 1:30 p.m. The officers who arrived in the area first encountered the teens, who both took off running on foot.

While the teens were running, one of them pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at a pursuing officer. The officer returned fire, killing the gunman.

All police officers at the scene and the other suspect were not injured.

The scene was frightening for Josh Bailey, whose vehicle was hit by one of the stray bullets.

"I'm tired. I've been up since 1:30 a.m.," he said. "Other than that, just a dangerous world we live in. You just never know when something like this might happen."

The Michigan State Police are handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Lt. David Kaiser said the gun that the teen was shooting had been reported stolen Sunday from a vehicle in the Holiday Inn parking lot in Midland.

"It is my understanding that there have been other vehicles in the area that were broken into," Kaiser said.

The officer, a 19 year veteran in law enforcement, has been placed on paid administrative leave. That is standard protocol for officers involved in shooting incidents.

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