Police conduct drug raid on west side

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

What police believed was a barricaded gunman situation Tuesday evening turned up nothing after they searched a home on the city’s west side.

One male suspect was still at large Tuesday evening and police were conducting a manhunt.

The incident began around 4:51 p.m., when Michigan State Police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration were conducting an undercover narcotics operation in the area of Grand River and Southfield, said Cmdr. Elvin Barren of the Detroit Police Department.

Initially during operation, the suspect attempted to drive away from the scene and allegedly almost ran over a DEA agent, Barren said. An agent fired a shot but did not strike the suspect, he said.

Surveillance crews followed the suspect’s vehicle to a house in the 1900 block of Fullerton. MSP and DEA set up a perimeter and called out occupants of the house, Barren said. One man, who had been a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle, came out of the house and was taken into custody. A 41-year-old disabled woman was safely removed from the house.

It is unknown if the suspect was ever in the house, Barren said. The man has ties to the address.

Police remained in the area Tuesday night and had several streets blocked. The area is largely populated with empty lots and abandoned houses.

The at-large suspect has a violent criminal history, including armed robbery, Barren said.