Police officer shoots, kills man who threatened his family

CREATED Apr 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 25, 2013

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  • Video by wtmj.com

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MILWAUKEE - An investigation was underway Thursday morning after a deadly shooting involving a Milwaukee Police officer where the suspect reportedly was ready to kill himself and his family.

Milwaukee Police were called to a home near North 72nd Street and West Mill Road Wednesday night for a report of a man making those threats.

When officers got there, they found James Coleman, armed with a large kitchen knife.   Police say that he had taken several pills.

Officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife, but he refused and went toward the officers with the weapon.  An officer shot him.

"He fired three or four shots, and all of them hit him except maybe one," said the victim's uncle, Alonzo Macklin, to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Coleman already had cut his own wrists.

The man, who was 45, was treated for his injuries, but did not survive. 

His family says he suffered from a mental illness.

The officer involved is 29 years old with three years experience on the force. 

He's on desk duty while the investigation begins.

MPD said the officer is properly trained, but Macklin doesn't buy it.

"Why couldn't they just (use a stun gun on) him, disarm him, take him to the mental health complex or somewhere where he can get help?" asked Macklin.

"Why would we want the police to come shoot him three or four times?"