Baroda man dies in custody following domestic disturbance, confrontation with law enforcement

BERRIEN COUNTY, Ind. - A Baroda man died in the custody of law enforcement after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in Pipestone Township Wednesday, according to Michigan State Police.

The incident began when deputies with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic violence incident in the township.

During the response, the alleged suspect involved, identified as 49-year-old Josh Tanner, ran into a wooded area near Bailey and Townhall roads.

Michigan State Police troopers got involved and assisted deputies in searching for Tanner for charges of aggravated domestic assault, attempted arson and prior outstanding warrants.

With the help of a MSP K9, law enforcement found Tanner sitting against a tree in the woods and holding a knife, reports said.

Believing he was threatening to harm himself, troopers ordered Tanner to drop the knife. After he allegedly refused, troopers deployed a taser on him.

Soon after, law enforcement recognized Tanner could not physically walk out of the woods so they assisted him to get medical care.

As law enforcement helped him walk, Tanner experienced a medical episode and became unresponsive.

Officers performed CPR until medical responders arrived and took him to the hospital, where he died soon after.

The MSP Sixth District Investigative Response Team is investigating Tanner's death.

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