Police arrest 1, seek 1 as barricaded gunman situation ends

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A barricaded gunman situation on Detroit's west side Tuesday morning that started with a 911 call from a girl ended peacefully, with the arrest of a man who allegedly made threats against police.

The 911 call came in about 4:45 a.m. on the 17000 block of Heyden, police said. A girl "under 13" told police that her mother was being beaten by her stepfather, a 28-year-old man, said Darin Szilagy, a Detroit police commander, in remarks published on the department's Facebook page.

It was during that call, police believe, that the man fled the home. He is now wanted by police.

A 26-year-old man, who Szilagy said "appeared to be intoxicated," met them at the door, and refused officers' request to conduct a wellness check. The man's "demeanor deteriorated" during the interaction, which ended when he "threatened to shoot" officers.

A sergeant was called in, who received similar threats, and declared a barricaded gunman situation.

In the end, negotiators helped bring the situation to a peaceful end. The woman, four kids and 26-year-old man left the home without further incident.

Police arrested the man for allegedly making threats, and are still seeking the man who allegedly hit the woman.

None of the children was hurt, Szilagy said, but all were "showing signs of anxiety and anguish."