Investigators are awaiting autopsy results from a man who was shot and killed by a Mount Pleasant police officer at the local hospital Monday. Thirty-eight-year-old Michael J. Harris was fatally shot in the chest by officer Richard Martin as Harris choked Martin.
Martin had accompanied Harris to the Henry County Health Center emergency room for an evaluation when the two men got into a fight. During the fight Martin shot Harris once in the chest.
This was not the first time that Harris was involved in a shooting with police. He was shot by Mt. Pleasant police in 2005 after an armed standoff at his mother and stepfather’s home in Mt. Pleasant. Harris was released from prison in 2008 after serving time for going armed with intent and reckless use of a firearm.