Shooting scene, 600 blk. E. Sternberg Rd., Norton Shores. (Photo by WZZM 13's Jon Mills)
Shooting scene, 600 blk. E. Sternberg Rd., Norton Shores. (Photo by WZZM 13's Blake Naftel)
UPDATE - Noon Friday (WZZM) - Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon tells WZZM 13 News that Christopher Burroughs has died.
Burroughs was wounded by police Thursday after waving a sword at police and refusing to drop it.
UPDATE AT 11:00 P.M. (WZZM)-- Doctors say a man, shot by Norton Shores police is still alive, but in critical condition.
Neighbors identify the wounded man as Christopher Burroughs. He was was shot by a police officer late Thursday afternoon behind his home in the 600 block of East Sternberg Road.
"He shot him three times," says neighbor Alan Barber, who watched from his backyard. "Bam, bam, bam, as fast as he could pull the trigger."
Witnesses say the confrontation with police began when Burroughs' girlfriend ran bleeding from the house, screaming for help. When officers arrived, they say Burroughs was waving a 40 inch sword over his head and ignoring orders to drop it.
"They said, 'Drop it or I'll shoot," recalls Barber. "Then he said, 'Shoot me, shoot me.' And they shot him three times. Fast as he can pull the trigger."
"Clearly the officer must have perceived a threat to himself or someone at the scene," explained Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, whose department is helping investigate the incident.
Witnesses say the woman who ran bleeding from the house had a bruised face and bloody nose. According to the hospital's last report, she was in good condition.
Christopher Burroughs has at least one gunshot wound.
UPDATE AT 8:05 P.M. (WZZM) -- The man shot by a Norton Shores Police officer in a backyard confrontation is on critical condition at a Muskegon hospital.
Police are not releasing the suspect's name, but neighbors identify him as Christopher Burroughs. Burroughs is listed in critical at Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The man's girlfriend, allegedly injured by Burroughs before the shooting, is listed in good condition.
UPDATE AT 7:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- Investigators say the man shot by a Norton Shores Police officer was wielding a samurai sword, encouraging police to shoot him.
Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says the man assaulted his girlfriend in the home they share in the 600 block of E. Sternberg Road, and she ran out of the house. Someone saw her bloody face and called 911.
Two Norton Shores officers responded to the call and were confronted by the man with the sword in the backyard. After calling repeatedly for the man to drop the weapon, one of the officers shot him three times.
There is no word on the man's condition.
UPDATE AT 6:47 P.M. (WZZM) -- Neighbors who witnessed an officer-involved shooting in Norton Shores say they saw a man waving a three- to four-foot long sword in the backyard of a home.
Witnesses tell WZZM 13 the man was wielding the sword, shouting, "Shoot me! Shoot me!"
Neighbors called police after seeing the man's girlfriend with a bloody face.
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the Muskegon County Airport.
The incident began around 5:15 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 600 block of East Sternberg Road near Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores.
WZZM 13's Jon Mills heard the initial report of the shooting from police radio traffic. He says the officer opened fire on a suspect, who was injured. No officers were hurt.
The home has been blocked off with police tape while officers investigate what happened.
We will have developments online and on WZZM 13 News at 11 p.m.