Suicidal man sparked lockdown at Upper Peninsula state park

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles.

Michigan State Police say a serious situation Friday at one of the state parks in the Upper Peninsula has been resolved.

Michigan State Police locked down the Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Luce County for hours Friday.

At 9:45 a.m., Chippewa County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a 24-year-old man saying he was at the park, armed with a gun and contemplating suicide.

Michigan State Police, the Luce County Sheriff's Department, the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Border Patrol responded to the scene.  

Chippewa County Central Dispatch kept in contact with the man while law enforcement secured the scene. 

Roads and traffic leading up to the park and nearby schools were closed while police searched the park, which stretches over 13 miles. Employees of the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub were secured inside the building until the incident was resolved, police said. 

After several hours of negotiations, the man agreed to turn himself over to authorities.  He was taken into custody without incident, Michigan State Police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. A firearm was located in his vehicle and seized.

The centerpiece of the 50,000-acre park is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, according to the park's website. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across.
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