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Elkhart man killed in police shootout at Long John Silver's in Niles, Mich.

The man allegedly tried to rob the restaurant.


Posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

An Elkhart man died in a police shoot-out after he allegedly robbed a Long John Silver's restaurant on Friday night, May 2, in Niles, Mich., according to the Niles Police Department. 

The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Eddie Macon Jr.

The police department responded to a call shortly after 11 p.m. from a witness who saw the armed robbery in progress. The Michigan State Police and the Berrien County Sheriff's Department also responded to the reported robbery.

Police officers arrived at the scene and surrounded the building. Three officers entered the building through the front door and approached the suspect, who was at the back of the restaurant.

Macon exited through the back door and engaged in gunfire with police officers. He was injured in the gunfight and was sent to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. No police officers were injured.

Macon's handgun and money from the business were recovered at the scene. 

Four people were in the restaurant at the time, but no one was hurt, according to  WNDU.

To hear comments from the Niles chief of police and the Long John Silver's district manager, visit WNDU.




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