Barricaded gunman situation ends peacefully in Holly

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Holly — A suspect in a barricaded gunman situation at the Holly Village mobile home park surrendered without further incident after a four-hour standoff with police.

The man, who was not named, walked out of his home on Apollo Circle about 9:30 a.m. Thursday when Holly village police and members of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team took him into custody and placed him under arrest, according to Holly Police Chief Michael Story.

"We have interviewed his girlfriend and a neighbor he reportedly threatened with a shotgun earlier this morning," Story said. "A report will be sent to the prosecutor's office for possible charges."

Story said police began evacuating residents in the park, located in the 4000 block of Grange Hall Road, after the suspect and his girlfriend had argued about 5:30 a.m. The girlfriend fled the mobile home and the suspect reportedly came out on the porch with a shotgun which he may have brandished at a neighbor, Story said.

"No shots were fired and no one was injured," Story said. "He went back inside and didn't come out until now."

Story said several school bus stops in the area were rerouted out of concern for children's safety.

Neighbors, such as Tom McCallister, said they awoke around 6:30 a.m. to officers "in camouflage and AR-15s" escorting them to an armored personnel carrier, which took them outside the mobile home park.

Several sat outside the park sipping coffee and water, awaiting word of when they could return to their homes.

"I recently was asked by my son, who lives in Colorado, to take my granddaughter for a visit after they had a barricaded gunman situation in their town," said another neighbor, Margaret Martinez. "He thought it was too 'high-crime' where they live. I took some pictures of this morning to send him on what can happen here."

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