No charges against officers in suspect’s death

NILES, Mich. (WOOD) — No charges will be filed against police officers involved in the shooting death of a robbery suspect, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor.

The incident happened shortly after 11 p.m. on May 2 at the Long John Silvers restaurant located on 11th Street after police received a tip that a person was trying to rob the restaurant.

Employees inside the restaurant at the time of the robbery told police an employee was taking the trash out when a man dressed in dark clothing, a black bandana, and armed with a pistol confronted them.

The employee eventually recognized the robber as 39-year-old  Eddie Macon Jr., the boyfriend of a former employee. He led the employee back into the restaurant and gathered all four employees into an office holding them at gunpoint while demanding money.

While gathering the money the manager was able to signal to her boyfriend, who was waiting for her in a car in the parking lot, to call the police.

Officers with Niles Police, Michigan State Police, and Berrien County Sheriff’s Department went out to the scene. Some of the officers went to the back of the business and three officers entered the restaurant through the front door.

The employees, as well as the suspect started to hear noises as if customers were entering the restaurant. The manager told the suspect she would go tell the customers the restaurant was closed.

The manager then told the suspect the customers were actually police. His response was “someone is going to die tonight.”

One of the officers noticed the suspect was heading towards the back door, so several officers positioned themselves outside near the door.

Officers saw the rear exit door open and close quickly. During that brief opening, one officer saw that the suspect had a bag in his left hand and nothing in his right hand. When the door opened a second time and the suspect exited, the officer could see he now had a pistol in his right hand.

The suspect reportedly panned the gun across the parking lot from officer to officer and began running northeast towards a residential area.

Three officers fired their weapons as the suspect ran and struck the suspect. Officers performed CPR on him until an ambulance arrived. He was taken to Lakeland in Niles where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

The firearm recovered from the suspect was a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a fully loaded magazine and was in a hammer cocked, locked position. Also recovered from the suspect was a white bag with money from the restaurant.

Autopsy results reveal the suspect was shot once in the head and died as a result.

Macon Jr. also had prior convictions out of Illinois for armed robbery in 1994 and carjacking in 2007.

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