Jason Dalton is in segregation, behaving in jail

A mug shot of Kalamazoo County shooting suspect Jason Dalton. (Michigan Dept. of Corrections)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspect in Saturday’s Kalamazoo-area deadly shootings was being held in segregation but behaving well Tuesday, officials said.

Jason Dalton, 45, is lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail on accusations that he murdered six random victims Saturday night before police arrested him in downtown Kalamazoo.

Dalton is being held in segregation due to the high-profile nature of the case, but eventually will be treated like any other inmate, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.

Matyas said Dalton is behaving.

“We’ve had no issues with him from the traffic stop [the night of his arrest] to right now,” Matyas said.

Investigators said they were continuing their investigation into determining a motive behind Saturday’s attacks.

Dalton has confessed to taking lives Saturday night, police told a judge Monday. The undersheriff says they have asked him why.

“We have talked to him and obviously we’re not disclosing what he has told us,” Matyas said. “It’s safe to say we’re no closer — two, three days later — to why than we were right after he was arrested.”

Having seen video of the interviews with police, Matyas described the suspect’s demeanor as calm, stoic and unaffected.

Matyas said the investigation into the shooting has begun to focus more on Dalton’s background now that the evidence to sustain the murder charges has been collected.

Tuesday, 24 Hour News 8 broke news that Dalton had once aspired to be a police officer. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where he obtained an associate’s degree in law enforcement and criminal justice.

Nothing discovered in his background thus far has given any explanation as to what happened, Matyas said.

“I’ve never seen this before in 40 years of police work. This is a pretty unique situation,” Matyas said. “I’m sure an investigation will disclose elements of his personal life in hopes of coming up with a reason for what happened.”

“This is probably what scares any community — not just Kalamazoo — any community,” he continued. “You have this person who’s totally off the radar, nobody knows anything about him, just goes off and starts killing people at random.”

24 Hour News 8 attempted to visit Dalton Tuesday during visitation hours at the Kalamazoo County Jail. The undersheriff said Dalton was declining interviews.

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