(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.