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updated 3:35 PM UTC, May 22, 2015

Man Shot in Sparta Identified

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(10/8/13) A man shot-and-killed by police in Sparta last Friday night was identified today as 21-year-old John Bartholomew. 

Police Chief Michael Kass also gave more details of what led to the shooting.  He said officers were called to remove Bartholomew from a home where he armed himself with knives, and threatened two family members.  The chief said Bartholomew approached Sergeant Booker Ferguson with a pair of knives -- and when he ignored an order to drop the knives, Ferguson shot the suspect.  Bartholomew was given first aid and sent to a hospital, where he later died.  Ferguson, a 10-year police veteran, is on administrative leave while state officials continue to investigate. 

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