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Grand Rapids — Police say a taxi driver fatally struck a man with his cab in western Michigan after the man threatened him with a hammer and tried to rob him.

Officers responded about 2 a.m. Thursday after a man police identified as 45-year-old Timothy Coleman was hit by the cab in Grand Rapids. Preliminary reports from police indicate the driver was dropping off the Grand Rapids man at an intersection when he got out of the taxi and threatened him.

Police say he was struck and killed as the taxi driver tried to flee.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death. The Kent County prosecutor’s office will review the case after the investigation is complete.

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