Man wanted in barricade situation turns himself in

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A 33-year-old Pontiac man who allegedly shot at a victim, threatened to kill himself and held police at bay for several hours in a barricaded gunman situation on Memorial Day is expected to face formal charges Monday.

The suspect, Luis Francisco, surrendered to Oakland County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday. He prompted some tense hours on May 25 when he allegedly fired a shot near his girlfriend's brother, a 28-year-old Waterford Township man, and threatened him by pointing the handgun at the victim's chest during a dispute at an address in the 30 block of Hazel Street. No one was injured.

The girlfriend told deputies she had found Francisco with another woman the night before and left the home. When she returned to pick up her belongings the pair argued and Francisco fired the shot then pointed the semi-automatic handgun at his own head, threatening to kill himself. The woman and brother were able to leave the house but Francisco was believed to have remained inside, according to investigators.

Neighbors told deputies they heard one gunshot but never saw Francisco leave the house. A special response team evacuated nearby residents, and after several hours, used a robot to seek out the suspect inside the address. It was subsequently determined Francisco somehow had slipped away undetected.

Hearing there were custody warrants for his arrest and deputies looking for him, Francisco, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered at the sheriff's Pontiac substation on Sunday without incident.

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