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Man suspected of breaking into home, shot and killed by troopers near Muskegon identified

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 04, 2022

LAKETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — State police say a man is dead after pulling a gun on troopers during an alleged break-in at a home near Muskegon.

Michigan State Police say the trooper-involved shooting happened Monday just before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Sugaridge Drive and West River Road in Laketon Township.

Michigan State Police say troopers from the Grand Rapids post responded to a breaking and entering. According to troopers, a woman was home during the time of the break-in. State police say the woman locked herself in a bedroom and called 911 while the suspect moved around the house.

When the two troopers arrived at the home, police say they saw the suspect leave the home. Investigators say that's when the man drew a handgun and pointed it at the troopers. Troopers drew their firearms and exchanged fire with the man, killing him.

Troopers have identified the suspect as 37-year-old Joseph Miller from Muskegon. An autopsy for Miller is scheduled to happen Tuesday.

Officials report the troopers that responded are uninjured and are on administrative leave pending a full investigation.

The Michigan State Police 7th District is now leading the investigation.

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