Man killed in Holland Twp. officer-involved shooting


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Holland Township.

It happened around 8:05 p.m. Wednesday at Beeline Apartments, located in the 300 block of Beeline Drive, just north of the city.

Ottawa County Sheriff-elect Steve Kempker says a medical call brought deputies to the unit. Kempker said a 43-year-old man answered the door while holding a large knife.

Kempker said a deputy repeatedly told the man to drop the knife, but he did not. Kempker said the officer fired three shots; at least one hit the man, who died at the scene.>>WATCH: Sheriff-elect updates shooting investigation

“This is nothing any department wants to go through, any deputy or officer wants to go through. Our sympathy goes out to the family,” said Kempker who called the situation tragic.

Authorities believe the 43-year-old man is a resident of Beeline Apartments; however, they are not releasing his name.

A witness said the deputy had no other option but to shoot the man.

The deputy was not injured.

Kempker says investigators believe the suspect is the one who made the initial 911 call. He was the only one inside of the apartment.

Kempker believes it was an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the public in this case.

Michigan State Police are handling the case. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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