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Two officer involved incidents in the Flint area in three hour span

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(06/14/12) - Four Flint area men are in custody following two, separate officer involved incidents in about a three hour time span.

A state police trooper was dragged and injured and then shots were fired at a Mt. Morris Township Police detective.

Hiram Bell has been charged in the state police dragging.

State Police say the trooper and his partner, assigned to the directed patrol detail in the city of Flint, pulled Bell over Wednesday night because he wasn't wearing his seat belt.

One of the officers reached in the SUV Bell was driving to try and turn it off, because he wouldn't, police say.

The allegation is, as it came out in court Thursday, Bell wrapped the seat belt around the trooper's arm to trap him and then took off.

68th District Court Judge M. Cathy Dowd, while arraigning Bell, said that information came from the officer swearing out the warrant.

The trooper got loose some 200 feet later.

Bell, 30, was arrested near Flint's Max Brandon Park after a brief chase around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

State Police say the trooper dragged from the SUV Bell was driving has bruises and abrasions, but no broken bones.

"They also allege you were doing 70 miles per hour," said 68th District Court Judge M. Cathy Dowd during Bell's arraignment, by video, Thursday afternoon.

The Genesee County Prosecutor's office charged Bell with six counts, including assault with intent to do great bodily harm, fleeing and alluding, resisting and obstructing causing injury and driving with a suspended license.

Police say he also had marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in the SUV.

Bond was set at $500,000.

Just about three hours later, that officer involved shooting in Mt. Morris Township.

Police Chief Scott McKenna says a detective was responding to a shots fired called.

A citizen said someone shot at him when he was simply driving through an intersection.

"This could have went bad real fast," McKenna says.

Near Ridgeway and Doran, the detective spotted two males walking on a sidewalk, pulled up, got out and announced who he was while wearing a fully marked police vest, McKenna says.

"They turned and looked at him and then they began firing at the detective."

"He was able to dive over the back of his patrol car, take cover near trunk area at which time he started to return fire towards them," McKenna says.

No one was injured.

"He was able to get on the radio and call 911," McKenna said.

In that call, you can hear the detective saying this, "Just be advised, they cranked off rounds directly at me."

"I can't be prouder of the way he acted," McKenna says.

McKenna says officers were able to box the suspects in quickly, the department had its K9 out to track, three suspects were arrested, two guns and multiple shell casings were recovered.

Mt. Morris Township Police tell ABC12 they will seek charges Friday.

The three men are being held in the Genesee County Jail.

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