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SW Michigan deputy fatally shoots armed man at gas station

October 4, 2021 GMT

GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man armed with a knife early Monday in southwestern Michigan after being called to a gas station for an unknown emergency, authorities said.

Bodycam footage released by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office showed R.V. Johnson, 22, of Galesburg held the knife in a threatening fashion and took several steps toward the deputy, a sergeant, before being shot once.

“Don’t do it, dude. Don’t do it,” the deputy can be heard saying on the footage. “I’ll shoot you, dude. I’ll shoot you.”

Johnson died at the scene, Sheriff Richard Fuller said.

Eight minutes before the shooting that occurred about 2:45 a.m., Johnson had requested a gas station clerk contact 911, Fuller said.

The deputy was not injured, Fuller said.

Michigan State Police are investigating. The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.

Galesburg is located about 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Detroit.