Sheriff: Man kills 2, arrested in northern Michigan
Orange Township — A man fatally shot two family members at different homes in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and held a hostage for several hours at another home before surrendering early Wednesday to sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.
The man was arrested after releasing the hostage and leaving the home in Orange Township, where he barricaded himself for five or six hours starting late Tuesday, Kalkaska County Sheriff David Israel told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. No one was injured at the home.
The man’s wife and father-in-law were killed at homes in the Coldsprings Township area, Israel said. The couple had a pending divorce and the shootings followed a “domestic situation,” he said. Names of those involved weren’t immediately released.
A court hearing for the man could come as early as Wednesday. The Associated Press left a message seeking updated information from the sheriff.
The hostage wasn’t a relative of the suspect, Israel said, and it appears the hostage was taken at random at the home roughly 20 miles southeast of Traverse City and about 190 miles northwest of Detroit. The circumstances are under investigation.
Amid the standoff, the sheriff’s department had urged people to avoid the area as law enforcement responded, TV stations WWTV and WPBN reported. Sheriff’s deputies from nearby counties and the Michigan State Police assisted the sheriff’s department.