Copemish man shot and killed by homeowners after breaking into home.

December 23, 2019

Copemish man shot and killed by homeowners after breaking into home.

COPEMISH — Nathan Reed, 29, of Copemish was shot and killed after breaking into a home while brandishing a knife Sunday, Dec. 22, at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to the Michigan State Police, Cadillac post.

Troopers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion and shooting on First Street, states an MSP press release.

While brandishing a knife, Reed reportedly forced his way into the home occupied by a man and woman.

“A physical struggle ensued, and one of occupants retrieved a firearm, shooting Reed,” states MSP. “Reed died at the scene from gunshot injuries. The female occupant was treated at the scene for a minor head injury and released. The male occupant was uninjured.

“It is unknown at this time why Reed broke into the home and assaulted the occupants as it is believed all involved were strangers. The incident will continue to be investigated.”

Also assisting at the scene were the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Public Safety, DNR Conversation officers, Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, and North Flight EMS.

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