11-year-old boy hit, killed by deputy going to burglary call in Battle Creek

Authorities say an 11-year-old boy who was riding a minibike has been fatally struck by a southern Michigan sheriff's deputy who was heading to the scene of a burglary.

The Calhoun County sheriff's office says the Battle Creek boy was riding when he was hit shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in Battle Creek. 

A Calhoun County Sheriff Deputy was responding to a report of a burglary in progress in Springfield when the deputy collided with the boy. Sheriff Matt Saxton tells WWMT-TV the death is "heartbreaking" and he believes it was accidental.

The sheriff also said the deputy's car did not have its emergency lights on at the time of the crash.

Saxton says the minibike wasn't illuminated with lights.

The boy's name wasn't immediately released. The deputy wasn't injured. An investigation into the crash is being handled by Michigan State Police.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.