Wife of Kalamazoo shooting spree suspect files for divorce

Police at the Seelye Ford dealership in Kalamazoo where multiple people were shot on Saturday. (Feb. 20, 2016)

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The wife of the man charged in the Kalamazoo area shootings that killed six people and injured two others is seeking a divorce.

Carole Dalton filed for divorce Thursday, the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court confirmed to 24 Hour News 8.

The filing happened the same day a family lawyer disclosed new details about Dalton’s state of mind before shootings.

Paul Vlachos told 24 Hour News 8 that Dalton’s wife said he appeared to be tired, a little down and not his usual self.

He said Dalton called his wife shortly after the first shooting to tell her to meet him at his parents’ house to switch vehicles because he had been side-swiped while he was working as an Uber driver. Police later said the vehicle damage was caused by Dalton’s erratic driving.

Authorities search the home of Kalamazoo shooting suspect Jason Dalton Feb. 21, 2016.
Authorities search the home of Kalamazoo shooting suspect Jason Dalton Feb. 21, 2016.

Vlachos said Carole Dalton didn’t learn about the killings until police arrived at Dalton’s parent’s home hours later.

Vlachos said Jason and Carole Dalton had been married about 20 years and Jason Dalton has been a good father to their two children.

The family said the man they saw on video during his arraignment is not the Jason Dalton they know.



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