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Police release name of man fatally shot by Michigan trooper



State police have identified an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a state trooper in southwestern Michigan after what police called a “prolonged and violent” struggle between the men.

Virgil Taylor, 31, of Zeeland, was shot by the trooper in Allegan County’s Heath Township near Hamilton. An autopsy showed Taylor died of a single gunshot wound, state police Lt. DuWayne Robinson said Wednesday in a statement.

“Evidence from the scene indicates the physical altercation between Taylor and the trooper was prolonged and violent,” Robinson said.

The trooper, who has not been identified, suffered a facial injury during the fight, police said.

Robinson said audio and video was captured on the trooper’s in-car camera system, The Grand Rapids Press reported.