Niles, Mich. An attempted robbery at a Niles Long John Silver’s turned deadly Friday night when the suspect was killed in a shootout with police.
Niles police responded to a call shortly after 11 p.m. from a person outside of the restaurant witnessing an armed robbery in progress.
Officers arrived on the scene and immediately surrounded the building.
Three officers entered the building through the front door and approached the suspect, Eddie Macon Jr., 39, of Elkhart, who was near the back of the restaurant.
Macon then exited through the back door and engaged the officers in gunfire.
“Shots were fired and the suspect was hit,” said Niles Chief of Police Jim Millin.
Macon was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
His handgun and an undisclosed amount of money from the restaurant were recovered at the scene.
None of the officer involved were injured.
About four people were inside the restaurant at the time of the robbery. None were injured.
Several units including Niles Police, Michigan State Police and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call. Witnesses were interviewed on the scene.
Because this is considered an officer-involved shooting, a thorough investigation will take place.
“This is certainly a traumatic incident for everybody and we're doing our best to get through it and conduct a thorough investigation,” Millin said.
The Long John Silver’s district manager was also on the scene.
“It’s pretty scary for our people I don't know if this individual fired on the police and what happened,” said District Manager Ken Wisniewski. “But obviously he had a gun and that's always scary, you know, you never know.
Wisniewski said the South Bend location had seen some robberies in the past, but the Niles location hadn’t had any issues like this in more than a decade.
“Our No. 1 priority is that our people are safe and they handled themselves the way they did and that's the number one priority,” he said. “Everything else is secondary. We can fix things if things are broken and if anything's damaged.”