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Darius Wimberly, 28
Benton Harbor, Michigan
October 18, 2016

Agencies: Benton Charter Township Police Department Michigan | Benton Harbor Department Of Public Safety Michigan

Last updated: 7 months ago

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A 28-year-old man was shot and killed by a Benton Harbor police officer early Tuesday after allegedly opening fire in the direction of residents and officers, police say.

24 Hour News 8 has learned the man who was shot was Darius Wimberly.

The Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety says officers were called to a home on Pavone Street near Benton Harbor High School around 2:15 a.m. on a report that a man was being held at gunpoint by another man. When officers arrived at the home, they were told that no one from that home had called police but allowed officers to check the house anyway. They didn’t find anything.

The officers were leaving when a man emerged from the street and fired between four and five shots toward the residents of the house and the officers, police say.

“Officers felt as if they were being shot at. One officer describes having a bullet whiz by his head. The officers immediately run for cover,” Benton Harbor Public Safety Director Dan McGinnis said.

One officer returned fire and hit the suspected shooter.

Wimberly was taken to Lakeland Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday.