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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — City leaders in Benton Harbor are urging the community to remain peaceful after police shot and killed a man in a shootout.

Mayor Marcus Muhammad asked the community to "suppress any anger" they may feel and to "let the investigation take place without drawing any conclusions."

"It's very important we exercise patience and restraint in this very tough time," Muhammad said. "Although frustration and anger is high, we don’t want for our anger to govern our behavior.”

Other city leaders also spoke, including a pastor who urged people to "not tear up the city like some may expect."

Leaders say that they don't have any indications that problems will take place Tuesday night.

Police say they shot a suspect at about 2:00 a.m. Tuesday after they responded to a call of a person holding another one at gunpoint.  As police were clearing the scene with the cooperation of the homeowner, shots were fired from down the street toward the front of the home.  Police returned fire, hitting one suspect, killing him.

It's unclear if the suspect was shooting at police or at people at the house.

Family members have identified the suspect as Darius Wimberly.

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  • Commonsense

    So shots are fired by a peep and the police are not supposed to respond. Sorry, pull your illegal gun around an officer and you get what you deserve.

  • That Guy

    Well said Commonsense ive been waiting for this to happen in one of these cities, if you dont have a run in with the police (there just doing a job like the rest of us) then you dont have to be shot or bothered why cant we all help each other and the world will be happier…..