Barricaded gunman situation ends peacefully

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A barricaded gunman situation on Detroit’s east side Thursday morning took a SWAT team, a negotiator and just three hours to resolve before the suspect surrendered peacefully.

The situation began around 6:40 a.m. when the suspect, a 35-year-old ex-boyfriend of the victim, showed up at the woman’s house, said Commander Elvin Barren of the Detroit Police Department.

Police believe the suspect went to the woman’s home, on the 8000 block of Lantz — north of East Seven Mile, just east of Van Dyke — to try to talk his ex-girlfriend out of participating in a domestic violence court hearing scheduled for Friday.

The suspect got angry and allegedly intimidated the woman, who is a Michigan Department of Corrections employee. The woman fled the home, leaving behind the suspect, her service-issued weapon and some 100 rounds of ammunition.

Barren praised the woman for not using her weapon on the suspect.

When police arrived, Barren said, the suspect pointed the gun at them, then retreated back into the home, triggering the declaration of a barricaded gunman situation. The suspect also fired two shots inside the home but not at the woman, police said.

As the SWAT team set up outside the home, a dog approached “out of nowhere,” Barren said, and was shot dead by authorities.

Inside, the suspect raged, breaking windows with his fists. But after talking with a negotiator from the Detroit Police Department, he surrendered.

The suspect was briefly treated for his injuries at the scene, then arrested.