By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
A situation involving a 45 year old barricaded gunman ended peacefully this morning at 1:15 a.m. after continuous negotiations, according to the Huron Township Police Department.
Police Chief Everette Robbins said that on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m., Huron Township Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a barricaded gunman in the 38000 block of Bayview Drive.
According to Robbins, police received information stating that several weapons were inside the residence and that the subject was threatening suicide by cop.
Huron Township and Sumpter Township Police responded to the residence and set up a perimeter around the area.
Some nearby homes were evacuated of their residents, Robbins said. The perimeter was maintained around the area throughout the whole incident, he said.
The Downriver Crisis Negotiation team responded and took over negotiations following the initial attempts from Huron Township Officers.
Robbins said one shot was fired by the subject inside of the residence at approximately 9:50 p.m. During that shot, the perimeter around the area was intact and no shots were fired directly at police, according to Robbins.
After continuous negotiations with the Downriver Crisis Negotiation Team, the subject exited the residence at 1:15 a.m. and was secured without incident. The man, who is a Huron Township resident, was taken to a local hospital for psychiatric treatment.
“We really cannot thank the Sumpter Township Police Department enough for their support in this incident. They responded without hesitation and we would not have had the resources to maintain a safe perimeter without them,” said Robbins.
“We truly appreciate the assistance of the Downriver Crisis Negotiation Team. They are a well respected team in the downriver area and a big reason that this incident turned out with everyone going home safely.”
Robbins noted that the holidays can be difficult for some people to cope with and that he hopes the man seeks professional help before things reach this type of level in the future.
Robbins also praised the responding officers saying that they handled themselves in a professional manner under less than ideal circumstances
“We are glad that we were able to get this individual out of the situation safely so he can get the professional help he needs. We certainly wish him the best.”
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