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By Rick Wilson. After the killings, the suspect, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, engaged in a gun battle with police in downtown Grand Rapids and a high speed chase before taking three people hostage.
Suspect in 7 murders killed ex-girlfriends, his own daughter
All three hostages were released safely. Dantzler killed himself with a shot to the head during hostage negotiations with police. Belk said police were confident that Dantzler was the suspect in all seven murders and had acted alone. Police were looking for Dantzler Thursday afternoon, but the chase did not begin until a third ex-girlfriend called to say he was pursuing her in his car.
Dantzler shot her in the arm while she was in her car, outside of the Grand Rapids police station. Police pursued his fleeing vehicle.
Besides the third ex-girlfriend, another bystander was wounded. The wounds were not life-threatening. At one point, the suspect drove the wrong way on Interstate 96, ran off the road into a ditch, slammed into a stand of trees, and then fled on foot into a neighborhood in northeast Grand Rapids where he pressed his way into a house and took the hostages, Belk said.
Shots were fired as he entered the house, but the house occupants were not injured, Belk told reporters.
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He released a year-old woman who lived at the house. But a man and woman remained held and were in a tight confined area at the back of the house during the hostage situation, he said. Police believe the hostages were strangers to Dantzler.
Kimberlee Emkens had ly lived with Dantzler but had gone back to live with her mother because of physical abuse, Shutich said. He was knocking Kimmy around, which is why she came home.
He always had a gun on him. Police cordoned off several blocks of the neighborhood surrounding the house where he was barricaded.
Police said Dantzler, who has a criminal record, was using alcohol and cocaine after the killings. It was not known if he was also using them before.
The weapon was a caliber semi-automatic pistol. Belk said Dantzler had a large amount of ammunition with him, with more than one magazine.
News Updated. By Rick Wilson 4 Min Read.