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Ferndale — A 70-year-old man was found dead early Wednesday, hours after allegedly firing shots in a Ferndale apartment building, leading to a partial evacuation and a standoff with police.

At about 7:43 p.m. Tuesday, police received a report of gunshots at the Ferndale Housing Commission on the 400 block of Withington.

Officers arrived within a minute and executed a partial evacuation and lockdown of the apartment, as the man was confined to a single apartment unit, the police department said in a statement.

Ferndale police were assisted by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team as well as officers from nearby Pleasant Ridge, Hazel Park, and Madison Heights police departments.

But, "despite more than four hours of attempted negotiation ... with the goal of a peaceful, non-violent resolution, the suspect was found deceased shortly before 1 a.m.," investigators said.

Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Police have not yet identified him.

The Ferndale Housing Commission is coordinating crisis counseling for residents who may need it, officials said.

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