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Break-in suspect killed by Michigan trooper was not armed

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A man fatally shot by a state trooper wasn’t armed when he was confronted by the officer in southwestern Michigan, authorities said Tuesday.

A few more details emerged, a day after the shooting in Allegan County’s Heath Township near Hamilton.

The trooper was responding to a break-in at a mobile home park. Witnesses said there was a “physical altercation” between the two in the front yard, and the suspect was shot, according to state police.

“From all accounts, the suspect was unarmed,” Lt. DuWayne Robinson said Tuesday.

But the trooper had reason to believe it was a life-or-death situation, Robinson told WOOD-TV, without elaborating.

The trooper had minor facial injuries. No one else was hurt, state police said.