Officers involved in shooting in Benton Harbor recovering from injuries

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(Photo supplied/Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety/ABC 57)

Two police officers were injured in the shooting that killed a suspect Thursday night.

The Benton Harbor officers, who were returning fire, were said to be on the mend Friday afternoon.

One of the officers was released from the hospital early Friday morning. The other was expected to be released in a few days.

Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety Director Dan McGuinness said the officers made contact with the suspect, Dustin Saffell, who engaged the officers with a handgun in the 700 block of Highland Ave.

Saffell fired more than a dozen rounds, hitting the officers in the chest, midsection and legs. He was wanted for a warrant connected to a home invasion and unlawful imprisonment. McGuiness say the suspect had posted on social media about getting away from police earlier in the week.

Michael Clark with the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety credits the victim of those alleged crimes for helping them out. Saffell had supposedly continued to harass his victim, who cooperated with the police.

 

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