ELPD Responds to Three Gun-Related Incidents over the Weekend

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12:30 pm
Ann Nichols

Above: a handgun alleged to have been taken from Freeman Keller.

According to a press release issued by the City of East Lansing, East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) officers responded to three gun-related incidents in the East Lansing community over the weekend.

ELPD units were dispatched to the Hillcrest Avenue and Elm Place intersection, in the Delta triangle near Biggby Coffee, at 2:57 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, after a report that a man was walking down the street with a “long gun.” ELPD officers located the subject, still in possession of the weapon. Once he saw the officers, the subject dropped the weapon and ran, but he was eventually caught and taken into custody.

The suspect, an MSU student from Troy, was arrested for disorderly conduct and the weapon was determined to be a pellet gun.

Approximately twenty minutes later that night, ELPD units were called to Burcham Drive and Berkshire Lane in the Bailey neighborhood after a report of a subject actively shooting a gun. ELPD units located the subject near the Snyder Road-Cornell Avenue intersection.

The suspect in that case, 23-year-old Alec Freeman Keller of East Lansing, was taken into custody. A loaded .45-caliber handgun and ammunition were discovered when Freeman Keller was searched, according to the police. ELPD officers investigated, and determined that Keller had fired multiple rounds in multiple locations, including the 600-block of Cornell Avenue and the 500-block of Bailey Street. On Bailey Street, at least two rounds were shot into a home while the residents were sleeping.

Freeman Keller has been charged with:

1) discharging a firearm at a dwelling (a ten-year felony);
2) carrying a concealed weapon (a five-year felony);
3) felony firearms (a two-year felony);
4) possession of a firearm while intoxicated (a 93-day misdemeanor).

Freeman Keller is currently lodged at the Ingham County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

In the third incident, ELPD units were dispatched to Abbot Place Apartments at 2501 Abbot Road (a third-of-a-mile north of Lake Lansing Road) on Sunday, October 23, at 2 a.m., following a report of shots being fired. According to reports from witnesses, the suspect with the gun initially fired one round into the air after a fight had ensued.

Then, while being chased by a group of people, the suspect fired four to five more times, according to witnesses. The suspect, described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall and 20-22 years old, fled the scene with a white male in his late 20s, approximately 5’5” tall with tattoos on his neck and possibly wearing saggy grey sweatpants and a grey shirt. It is possible that they fled the scene in a black vehicle. The suspect has not been located.

No one was injured in Abbot Place incident, and it is still under investigation.


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