Friday, February 4, 2011

Gunman surrenders after Detroit standoff

From The PoliJAM Times

A man with a gun held off police at a house in Detroit for about 3 1/2 hours early Friday after officers responded to a report of shots fired, officials said.

The man surrendered about 8 a.m., the Detroit Free Press reported. The only casualty was one of three pit bulls in the house, shot because officers feared it might get out.

Officers who arrived at the scene about 4:30 a.m. saw the man firing into the air, police said. He moved inside when he saw them and refused commands to come out.

Deputy Police Chief James Tolbert said investigators had not determined why the man was shooting.

"It appears they were just random shots not directed at anyone," Tolbert said.

Police blocked off the area around the house and brought in a SWAT team, which broke down the front door.

Update February 4, 2011 - The following article is by Tom Greenwood and Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News:

Police say a 35-year-old man is being interrogated today after he fired shots and barricaded himself inside a home this morning on the city's west side. Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said the man began firing shots into the air around 4:30 a.m. today outside the home in the 19300 block of Montrose Street near Seven Mile and Greenfield.
When police approached to investigate, the man pointed a gun at officers. The department's Special Response Team was called in and began negotiating with the man, who was home alone when the incident occurred. Stephens said the man surrendered around 8:20 a.m. When officers entered to take the man into custody they were met by three pit bulls, one of the dogs was killed after it charged at an officer, Stephens said.
The other two dogs were taken by animal control.
Stephens said it's not known at this time why the man fired the shots.

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