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Dec. 03, 1966
Caucasian Male / 35 yrs. of age
Grand Rapids Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sat. Dec. 03, 1966
Sergeant Van Tuinen was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to arrest a man wanted for a shooting at a local bar. After negotiations failed Sergeant Van Tuinen was about to enter the residence when the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Van Tuinen. The suspect was shot by other officers as he attempted to flee out of the rear of the house.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 9, 1967. He died in prison on July 30, 1988.
Sergeant Van Tuinen was survived by his wife and six children. His brother and brother-in-law were Grand Rapids police officers.