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Michigan State Police trooper shot in Niles traffic stop, passenger also shot

Michigan State Police

A Michigan State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop in Niles late Wednesday night.

According to a post by the state police on Twitter, the incident occurred on 9th St. between Regent and Main around 10:30 p.m.

The trooper pulled over a Nissan for reportedly failing to stop at a stop sign, and the driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The passenger reportedly then exited the vehicle and shots were fired by the passenger and the trooper. It is unclear who fired first.

The trooper was shot in the leg and is in stable condition as of early Thursday morning, police say. The passenger was also shot and is in serious condition.

Police say the trooper has been at the Niles post for three years, and that detectives from the Michigan State Police Grand Rapids Division are investigating the incident.

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Jakob Lazzaro comes to Indiana from Chicago, where he graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and a double major in History. Before joining WVPE, he wrote NPR's Source of the Week e-mail newsletter, and previously worked for CalMatters, Pittsburgh's 90.5 WESA and North by Northwestern.