Man involved in police shooting dies.

March 29, 2017
Photo of the suspect's gun, courtesy MPD.

Photo of the suspect’s gun, courtesy MPD.

Man involved in police shooting dies. 


MANISTEE — The man shot by a Manistee Police Department officer Tuesday evening has died as a result of his injuries. Police have identified the man as Lee Pat Milks, 73, of 486 Second Street, according to David Bachman, director of public safety.

Milks was shot after he brandished a long gun and refused to drop his weapon after a Manistee police officer came to Milks’ house to perform ordinance enforcement at 5:17 p.m.

“Typically this officer investigates blight complaints and abandoned vehicles when time permits,” Bachman said. At that time, a 73-year-old resident came out of the house brandishing a long gun.

“He ordered the officer away from the area,” Bachman said. “Additional officers were requested to respond. The suspect refused orders to drop his weapon. Preliminary reports indicate the suspect stopped, chambered a round and was bringing the weapon to bear on the officer. All of this transpired in a very short timeframe before backup arrived.”

Bachman said the officer engaged Milks with his handgun and fired multiple rounds.  “The suspect went down and the weapon was secured. This happened at 5:24 pm. The officer was not injured and there is no evidence at this time that the suspect was able to fire his weapon.”

The Michigan State Police is investigating the incident. The officer has been put on administrative leave with pay during the investigation. At this time MPD has not identified the officer.

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