Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Kzoo Co.

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

PAVILION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday in Kalamazoo County’s Pavilion Township.

It happened Wednesday afternoon at a residence in Pavilion Estates, southeast of Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to remove suspected squatters living in a car from the property. Authorities said that when they arrived, a man came out with a gun and fired it into the air before backing off.

After an hourlong negotiation, the man came out and pointed the gun at officers.

“He just kept begging, ‘Shoot me, shoot me. You guys ain’t going to do it. You’re too scared.’ And (he) just kept pushing over and over and over for the cops to just shoot him,” said Taylor Meinema, who witnessed the incident.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken said four or five officers fired their weapons and hit the man, who was immediately taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“And they all just surrounded him. There was SWAT, county, everything,” Meinema said. “They just like surrounded him. And at first you know we thought it just killed him right away, but then he ended up getting taken out in the ambulance cause he wasn’t dead right away. After he dropped off the side of the truck, they were still screaming at him to drop the gun.”

The officers involved will be put on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard protocol.

—24 Hour News 8’s Brady Gillum contributed to this report.

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