Norton Shores police went to the 600 block of East Sternberg Road late Thursday afternoon after neighbors reported a domestic abuse situation. An officer shot Christopher Burroughs, 34, after he wouldn't put his samurai sword down when ordered.
Burroughs was taken to a Muskegon hospital, where he died Friday.
Norton Shores Police said state police are handling the investigation.
David Roesler, assistant commander for the Michigan State Police 6th District, said investigators will interview witnesses, officers and gather physical evidence from the scene. The findings will be turned over to the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, Roesler said.
Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said the officer who shot Burroughs is on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.
“We’re anxiously awaiting the reports from the state police,” Shaw said.
Burroughs worked as a home health care assistant for Westshore Medical and was a member of the LTBB Odawa Indians.
Muskegon County Circuit Court records show Burroughs had a history in the court system.
In 1995, he was charged with larceny from a vehicle and pled guilty. He was sentenced to 24 months probation and boot camp. He later violated that probation and was sentenced to 16-30 months in prison.
In 1998, he was charged with assault and unarmed robbery, and pled no contest. He was sentenced to four to 15 years in prison.
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