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UPDATE: Robbery suspect shot and killed by police in Niles; officers will not be charged

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39-year-old Eddie Macon, Jr. was shot and killed by police 39-year-old Eddie Macon, Jr. was shot and killed by police
NILES, MI - The three officers involved in the shooting death of a robbery suspect at a Niles Long John Silver's restaurant will not face any charges, says Berrien County prosecutor Michael Sepic.

On May 2, 2014, police responded to an armed robbery call at about 11:00 p.m. Officers from the Niles City PD, Michigan State Police, and Berrien County Sheriff's Department were positioned around the business at 1014 South 11th Street.

Employees tell police that an employee was confronted by the suspect while taking out the trash. The employee says the suspect was dressed in dark clothing with a black bandana covering his face below his eyes and that he was armed with a pistol. The employee eventually recognized the suspect as 39-year-old Eddie "Teta" Macon, Jr., the boyfriend of a former employee. Macon led that employee back into the restaurant through the back door.  After Macon entered the building, all four employees say they were gathered into an office at gunpoint. Macon allegedly put the gun to the head of the manager and demanded money.

While gathering money at the drive-through register, the manager was able to signal to her boyfriend, who was waiting for her in a car outside, to call police.

When help arrived, three officers entered the restaurant through the front door.  They radioed police stationed on the perimeter that the suspect was heading for the back door. Niles City police officers Shane Daniels and Jenny Evans, and Michigan State Police troopers Holly Tetro and Kelly Anderson, were covering the back door. When they learned of the suspect's impending exit, they readied their weapons.

The county prosecutor's report says that the rear door of the business opened briefly, and at that time several officers noted that Macon appeared to be unarmed. When the door opened again and the suspect emerged, an officer said he could see that the suspect now had a gun in his hand.

The report says that Macon ran through the lot with his weapon drawn and was pointing it at the officers on the perimeter of the scene. Officers Evans, Guthrie, and Trooper Tetro opened fire, firing 15 rounds combined. Macon fell. Officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. He was later pronounced dead at Lakeland Hospital in Niles.

Officers recovered a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a fully loaded magazine. Police say the weapon was cocked and ready to fire. Also recovered from the suspect was a white bag with money from the restaurant.

Macon had prior convictions out of Illinois for armed robbery (1994) and carjacking (2007).

Michigan law permits a police officer to use deadly force in defense of his or her own life, in defense of another, or in pursuit of a fleeing felon.
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