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NEW LYME TOWNSHIP, Ohio– The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office released new details on Wednesday following a deputy-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.

Michael S. Martin, 36, was shot and killed by deputies after they say he pulled out a gun Tuesday morning in New Lyme Township, the office said.

“I understand there are many questions about the incident that occurred that you and the public would like answered. I can assured you that once the independent investigation is completed by BCI and the autopsy report is completed, all of these questions that you have will be addressed,” Sheriff William R. Johnson said in a news release on Wednesday.

It all started with a robbery at about 3 a.m. According to the sheriff’s office, Martin stole a phone, purse and $100 from a 17-year-old girl in Rock Creek. The girl was allegedly held against her will and threatened at gunpoint.

Authorities were told to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was considered armed and dangerous, in a black Chevrolet Trailblazer.

An Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputy was on his way home at about 7:35 a.m. when he checked the home of Martin’s ex-girlfriend. That’s where he found the suspect in an SUV with a 25-year-old woman.

As other deputies arrived, they confronted Martin, and ordered him to get out of the SUV and show his hands. The sheriff’s office said Martin didn’t follow the orders and pulled out a 9mm gun.

The deputies fired their weapons at Martin, who drove through backyards before hitting a utility pole near the New Lyme Baptist Church. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was not injured.

Martin has a past criminal record for charges like manufacturing drugs and failure to comply.

The deputies who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave, per sheriff’s office policy.