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A Kentwood police officer who fatally shot a man in April will not face charges. In a 15-page release, Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Forsyth says Officer Darrin Cline acted in defense of another officer. Officer Cline shot and killed Lamont Gulley shortly after arriving to a domestic call just before 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Pheasant Ridge Apartments. Police say when they arrived on the scene, they noticed a large amount of blood through a window of the home. When officers made entry, they found Casey Kempker, 41, with severe injuries. The officers administered first-aid, but she died at the scene.
Kempker’s husband, Gulley, fled the home before officers arrived. He was seen by an officer at Edington Drive and Breton Road. Officers responded to the area and confronted him. Gulley had a knife in his possession and made threatening statements. After multiple attempts to take him into custody, he continued to resist. Forsyth says Officer Cline knew Gulley was dangerous. “He knows he stabbed somebody, he knows he fled the scene, he knows he’s told him numerous times to drop the knife and said just shoot me, so he’s acting irrational.” Gulley made threatening movements towards the officers and was shot by Officer Cline. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.
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