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Kalamazoo Sheriff's Office Patch
Resided: MI, USA
Born: Oct. 07, 1981  
Fallen: Aug. 15, 2021
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 39 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office - MI
1500 Lamont Ave  
Kalamazoo, MI   49048   USA
(269)383-8821
County: Kalamazoo
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Deputy
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Traffic - Vehicle Stop
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 9 years
Duties: assigned to road patrol

Bio: Ryan J. Proxmire was born in Kalamazoo to Mark and Dawn (Hodgemire) Proxmire. He was a 1999 graduate of Three Rivers High School.

Ryan proudly served with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office for over 9 years, most currently assigned to road patrol but had also served in the Jail Division, even filling in as a temporary Sergeant when needed.

He shared his skills with other officers in his role as a field training officer, taser instructor, and a subject control/defensive tactics instructor.

On May 27, 2006, Ryan married Roanna Elliott in Three Rivers. He was active in Scouts, 4-H, and was a former St. Joseph County Deputy Reserve. Ryan also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and especially loved being with his family.

Survived by:
Roanna - Wife
& four children

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Charleston Township, MI   USA   Sat. Aug. 14, 2021
Summary: Deputy Sheriff Ryan Proxmire succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while involved in a vehicle pursuit.

A subject who had evaded officers in an earlier vehicle pursuit was spotted at a gas station on 35th Street near Galesburg. As deputies approached him, the man produced a gun and fled in his vehicle, prompting a second pursuit. During the second pursuit, the subject started shooting at the pursuing deputies. One of the rounds struck Deputy Proxmire, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway near the intersection of MN Avenue and 38th Street in Charleston Township.

Unaware that Deputy Proxmire had been wounded, the other deputies continued the pursuit for another 4-1/2 miles until the subject's vehicle became stuck in a field. The man exited his vehicle and again shot at the deputies, who returned fire and killed him.

A passing motorist encountered Deputy Proxmire's vehicle and called 911. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following day.

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