Michigan Police Officer Killed During Pursuit

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A police officer was killed on Interstate 96 near the Ottawa County and Kent County line Thursday morning during a chase of bank robbers that started in Muskegon County.

The Choice One Bank in Ravenna was robbed at around 10:30 a.m. Police soon located the suspects' vehicle, a blue Olds Bravada, then chased the robbers in the SUV south from Ravenna into Ottawa County at high speeds, entering Interstate 96 at Coopersville.

Shots were fired at various points during the chase between police and the suspects.

The chase ended on westbound I-96 near Eighth Avenue in Tallmadge Township shortly after 11 a.m. Police said both suspects were shot and killed.

No officers were injured from gun fire, police said.

However, police have confirmed that Walker Police Officer Trevor Slot, 41, was killed when he was putting down spike strips on the highway. He was struck and killed by the suspects' vehicle during the high-speed chase, according to the Walker Police Department.

Michigan State Police are leading the investigation, with help from the local sheriff's departments and the FBI. The state police crime lab is currently investigating the scene of the fatal shootings.

Westbound I-96 between Marne and the Kent County line is currently closed to traffic.

We'll have more details when they become available. Police have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference to provide updates on the incident.

WZZM-TV contributed to this report.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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