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Berrien Cty. Sheriff's deputies shoot, kill man near Niles who charged them with knife, police say

Berrien County Sheriff

Berrien County Sheriff’s Department officials said two deputies shot and killed a man who charged them with a knife Thursday night.

In a news release, the department said officers were dispatched to a mobile home park on South 13th street near Niles at about 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 because of reports of a man with a knife.

When they arrived at the scene, police said the officers tried to deescalate the situation verbally, and then tried using less lethal rounds to get the suspect to drop the knife.

Police said the suspect eventually charged the deputies and was shot. First aid was administered, but he died at the scene.

The Michigan State police are investigating, and two sheriff’s deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is going on.

The department said the names of the two deputies, as well as the name of the deceased man, will not be released at this time.

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