Mich. Officer on Paid Leave After Shooting and Killing Armed 73-Year-Old Man

It is always a sad thing when someone loses their life. However, it is hard be empathetic when they literally cause their own death after doing something beyond stupid.

A 73-year-old man was shot and killed by a police officer in Michigan on Tuesday evening.

Dave Bachman, the Manistee Public Safety Director, said that Lee Pat Milks came out of his house, waving a gun. He was instructed by the officer to put the gun down, however Milks told the officer to leave and chambered a round.

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The officer was simple there conducting ordinance enforcement, which could simply be to investigate abandoned cars or complaints. The man was not even in trouble, that is, until he pointed his firearm at the officer.

Fox News reports:

Bachman says the officer told Milks to drop the gun. Bachman says Milks had “stopped, chambered a round and was bringing the weapon to bear on the officer” when the officer fired multiple times.

Investigators say they don’t believe he fired at the officer, who wasn’t hurt.

Michigan State Police are investigating. Bachman says the officer is on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

So now the officer is on paid leave, until the investigation is over….however long that takes. If the man had simply let the officer do his job, and hadn’t pointed a gun at the officer AFTER chambering a round, then he would likely be alive today.

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