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Officer-involved shooting kills one in Mercer County

Local - 1/14/2013 4:48 PM
UPDATE: 1/14/13

MONTCALM - State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Mercer County from Saturday night.

A deputy responding to a domestic violence call at a house on Surface Hill Road in Montcalm shot 31 year-old Jason Dillon on Saturday around 10 p.m., according to Sergeant D. W. Miller.

Dillon was vandalizing the house and a truck in the yard with a chainsaw earlier, while his girlfriend was inside the house. When the deputy arrived, Dillon confronted him with a club-type weapon and ignored repeated requests to drop it, prompting the deputy to shoot him.

Sergeant Miller said no law enforcement officer ever wants to use deadly force. "It's a situation that we're taught to deal with and you have to deal with, and you have to make a split second decision," he said. "That split second decision could be your life or someone else's life."

Dillon's girlfriend was not injured. The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave. Dillon's body was sent to the medical examiner's office in Charleston for autopsy.

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ORIGINAL: 1/14/13

MONTCALM - State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Mercer County from Saturday.

A deputy responding to a domestic violence call in Montcalm shot a man Saturday night, according to Sheriff Don Meadows. The man confronted the deputy with a weapon and ignored repeated requests to drop it, said Meadows. 

Meadows declined to say what kind of weapon the man had, but that the domestic violence incident involved a chainsaw. The deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave, and the names of the man and deputy have not been released. 

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