A samurai-sword wielding man who was shot by Michigan police after allegedly assaulting a woman and refusing to disarm himself has died.
Christopher Charles Burroughs died Friday as a result of gunshot wounds sustained on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
Witnesses in Norton Shores, Mich., told the Muskegon Chronicle Thursday that the victim of the alleged assault, who witnesses identified as his girlfriend, fled down the street from Burroughs' house with her face covered in blood.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, reportedly told Kelly Aney, a witness who was picking her daughter up from a nearby daycare, that Burroughs had a sword and was going to kill her.
Aney told Michigan Live that the woman was bleeding from what looked to be "punches from a fist," and did not appear to have been injured with the sword.
Burroughs reportedly could be heard saying “I'm not gonna let them send me back to prison."
Norton Shores Police arrived in response to the incident and confronted the suspect at his home.
Neighbor Alan Barber told ABC Muskegon that Burroughs came out of the house holding a 40-inch samurai sword over his head, refused to disarm, and taunted police.
"He said 'shoot me' so they shot him," Barber told Michigan Live . "The cops shot three times and just blew him away."
Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brett Gardner told the Associated Press that Michigan State Police are interviewing both police and civilian witnesses, and that the investigation will likely take several days.
Oddly, this is the second case of police shooting and killing a suspect that allegedly wielded a sword in the last 24 hours. Fox Baltimore reports that another man that brandished a sword and shield at police was shot dead late Thursday in Maryland.