Charges issued against suspect in Flint Twp. police shooting

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Police Officer Michael Schuyler, who was shot during an incident on January 23, is out of the hospital and recuperating at home, said Police Chief George Sippert in a report to the Flint Township Board Monday night.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has issued criminal charges against Christopher Aaron Washington, 55, of Flint, for shooting Schuyler two weeks ago at the Hometown Inn on Miller Road, according to a press release.

Washington has been charged with two felony counts including Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer related to the incident that left both Washington and Schuyler hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

An investigation by the Michigan State Police is ongoing and additional possible charges will be reviewed by the Prosecutor’s office upon completion of that investigation.

Chief Sippert said those additional charges are anticipated to be filed later this week or next week.

The shooting occurred during a traffic stop when the officer attempted to arrest the suspect for multiple misdemeanor warrants, according to a police report. Washington allegedly resisted arrest and in an ensuing scuffle pulled a handgun and fired several shots at the officer.

Schuyler was shot three times -twice through the elbow and once on his left side where the bullet missed an opening in his bulletproof vest by about a half an inch, Chief Sippert said.

“I would have to say that bulletproof vest saved his life,’’ he said.

Schuyler underwent two surgeries and is recovering at home.

Washington also allegedly fired shots at Swartz Creek police officers that responded to a call for assistance.

The Swartz Creek officers exchanged gunfire with Washington who moved round quite a bit before being taken into custody, Chief Sippert said.

Washington was shot multiple times. Swartz Creek officers were not injured.

At last word, Washington underwent surgery and remains hospitalized under police guard, Chief Sippert said. — Rhonda Sanders

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