28-year-old Benton Harbor man, Chaz Nathan McGowen dies in fatal Berrien County officer shooting – Thursday, September 30, 2021

Berrien County Officer Shooting Death of Benton Harbor man Chaz Nathan McGowen – Obituary

28-year-old Benton Harbor man, Chaz Nathan McGowen died in a fatal Berrien County officer shooting that occurred on Thursday, September 30, 2021. It happened when officers responded to a call at Franklin Woods Mobile Home Park in Niles Township at about 10:45 p.m.

At the scene, they found Chaz with a knife which he refused to drop when commanded to do so. Officers fired non-lethal rounds at him but when he charged at them, they fired lethal rounds at him.

Chaz was left with fatal injuries to which he succumbed.

The two officers, who have not been named, have been placed on administrative leave as per procedure. The shooting remains under investigation.

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