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Kentwood man's death determined 'suicide by cop'
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County prosecutor released a statement Thursday saying the officer who shot and killed a man in last month was justified in his actions.

Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth said it appears Timothy Arnold, 47, intended to die by suicide by cop and Officer Jonathon Carter was within his rights when he shot and killed him.

On Oct. 21, officers responded to Sutton Club Apartments, located near the corner of 60th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue, to check up on Arnold, who was a resident. A family friend had contacted police to say he was suicidal.

No one answered when two officers from the Kentwood Police Department knocked on the door.

Arnold came out of his apartment shortly thereafter, confronted an officer and pointed a gun at him. Kentwood police say Monday that officer Jonathon Carter, a six-year veteran, shot Arnold, who died at the scene.

Carter was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident.

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