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Home, squad car of Grand Rapids police officer shot at; two in custody

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Shortly before 10 PM Sunday night off-duty Grand Rapids Police Officer Matt O'Rourke heard projectiles striking his home, and the marked squad car parked in his driveway.
O'Rourke followed a vehicle that sped away from scene, and called for back up.

"Local neighboring jurisdictions came in to assist, because of the seriousness of the call. Two adult males were located in the northeast part of town on foot by our local canine officer" said Brian Mattson, an investigator with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Because the incident directly involves the Grand Rapids police department, the Itasca county Sheriff's office will handle the investigation.

"The investigation is still on going, we still have more follow up to do" said Itasca County Sheriff's Office investigator AJ Morse.
"Just some follow up periphery investigation pieces, some investigative work. Forensic type search warrants, et cetera" he added.

Both the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Itasca county Sheriff's office say the public is not in any danger after the incident, but they admit having an officer targeted strikes an emotional chord.

"Grand Rapids is a small community. Any time we have crimes of violence of this nature within our community it's always... we as law enforcement take it seriously and it's always a strike to the community" said Morse.

"We try to help each other out as much as possible. Whether it is with sick kids, Help each other move or do projects at home. You know when something like this happens to one of our officers, especially at their home where there family is, it hits real close to home" said Mattson.

The suspects in Custody are currently awaiting formal charges. 

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