Man fatally shot by police at Battle Creek apartment complex

Battle Creek officer-involved shooting

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A man wanted by the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team was shot and killed in Battle Creek Monday when he confronted officers with a handgun, troopers said.

The man, described by Detective F/Lt. Chuck Christensen as a 27-year-old white man from Battle Creek, was shot by several officers as they tried to arrest him at the Tree Top Apartments at 120 Riverside Drive at the intersection of Burnham Street in Battle Creek. The man was shot in a second floor apartment with an address of 151 E. Burnham Street.

Christensen said the man was wanted on charges of breaking and entering, safe breaking, larceny of firearms and being a felon in possession of firearms stemming from a recent burglary in Battle Creek.

He said the fugitive team had been watching for him at the apartment complex based on information. Christensen said the man was apparently staying at the apartment of a friend. No one else was in the apartment and no other injuries were reported to the officers or other residents of the apartment complex.

Four members of the six-member fugitive team went to the door about 8:45 a.m., Christensen said, and were admitted by the man.

"When they made contact with the individual a firearm was brandished toward them and shots were fired and the suspect is deceased," Christensen said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was believed to have been shot multiple times and by several officers, Christensen said, although investigators were awaiting a search warrant before beginning a through investigation of the apartment.

Members of the team, comprised of state police troopers and a Battle Creek officer, have been watching the apartment for three days, Christensen said.

"The information is that he had some mental problems and had made overtures that he was suicidal or he would shoot at police," Christensen said.

He said two guns were found inside the apartment.

Officers will be on the scene for several hours, he said, and the investigation will be handled by the Investigative Response Team from the state police district in Grand Rapids. Once completed, the report will be submitted to the Calhoun County Prosector David Gilbert for review and any possible charges.

The four officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave, a routine practice, Christensen said.

Battle Creek police assisted state troopers at the scene.

Contact Trace Christenson at 269-966-0685 or tchrist@battlecreekenquirer.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TSChristenson

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