Photo Courtesy of Brian DeWyse

Photo Courtesy of Brian DeWyse

By: Carol Barber

Within minutes after calls were dispatched, Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Brian DeWyse arrived at Cracker Barrel in Kalamazoo on the night of Feb. 20 to what he said was “a gruesome scene.”

Five people had been shot, four of whom were dead, and a young girl who was critically injured.

“To see these nicely dressed people, out for an evening, to see them lifeless is tough,” DeWyse said. “You learn how to cope.”

DeWyse said he has seen a lot in the 20 years of his career, and due to the nature of police work, officers become less and less affected.

“It’s kind of an unwritten rule that we don’t show emotions,” DeWyse said. “You start out wanting to save everyone, but you learn fairly quickly that sometimes you can’t even save yourself.”

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