June 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Police arrest gun-wielding parolee following standoff on Detroit's west side

Police arrest gun-wielding parolee on west side
Police arrest gun-wielding parolee on west side: Police arrested a 36-year old parolee after a 4-hour standoff in Detroit Friday afternoon.

Detroit — Police arrested a gun-wielding parolee Friday afternoon after a 4-hour standoff on the city’s west side.

Cmdr. Elvin Barren said 36-year-old Derrick Woodley of Detroit got into an argument with his girlfriend at about 10 a.m. Friday in his two-story flat near Ivanhoe and Colfax.

Woodley, who is on parole and has a criminal history of carjacking, drugs, fleeing and resisting arrest, fired shots into the air, prompting the Detroit Police Department’s SWAT team to respond, officers said. By the time police responded, the woman had left and Woodley holed up inside.

The woman was not hurt, police said.

Woodley apparently escaped through a side window as police set up a perimeter. He jumped over the backyard fence and broke into the basement of an occupied home on Vancouver, police said.

“There was a homeowner there who gave us consent to go inside and search (the) premises where he was inside the basement,” Barren said. “She had an idea he was down there based on noises she was hearing.”

SWAT set up a second perimeter and ordered Woodley to come outside, Barren said. He then put his weapon on the ground and came out of the house with his hands up.

Police recovered the handgun and arrested Woodley.

SWAT team members also used a battering ram to check Woodley’s home, where the dispute occurred.

The incident attracted several bystanders from the neighborhood, including Wendy Floyd.

“They should’ve went in and got him on out of there, then it wouldn’t have went on all day ...” said Floyd, who was noticeably upset. “I’m glad its over and I’m glad no one in the family was hurt and none of the neighbors. That’s the main thing.”

The possession of a firearm is a parole violation for Woodley, who has been convicted on numerous occasions in the past decade, including fleeing and eluding police; receiving and concealing stolen property; possession of cocaine; and possession of marijuana.

On May 20, police responded to a similar situation in which a 45-year-old man assaulted his former girlfriend then fired two shotgun blasts in the air of his home on the 2700 block of Collingwood, after she found him with another woman. He was arrested as possession of a firearm was a parole violation.

Derrick Woodley in the rear of the police car. / Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News
Police approach the home. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)