Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound in Dearborn

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Dearborn — A 60-year-old man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday during an hours-long standoff near the Southfield Freeway and Interstate 94, police said.

The ordeal unfolded around 11 a.m. in the area of Snow Avenue and Chestnut Street, Dearborn Police Lt. Ron Beggs said.

“We got a call of a domestic situation,” he said. “The female resident stated that her husband had pointed a firearm at her during an argument.”

The woman and her adult son, who also lives at the home, were able to escape the residence shortly after the call for help, Beggs said.

Ages and identities of the woman and her son were not released by police.

“Officers responded and we were unsuccessful with making contact with the male resident,” Beggs said. “It wasn’t a barricaded gunman, he was just not responsive to officers. There was no overt effort on his part to barricade himself.”

After several hours with no contact, authorities deployed a K-9 to search the home, Beggs said.

“There was no response,” he said. “At that time, we thought it was a prudent time to go in.”

Officers entered the home shortly after 8 p.m. to find the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Beggs said. It is unclear when the man died and responding officers outside heard no gunshots, he added.

There was no contact with the man at anytime during the incident, Beggs said. The motive behind the argument and standoff remain unclear, but there were no prior reports of domestic violence at the address.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending an autopsy, Beggs said.

Beggs said the approximately nine-hour standoff is a standard length for situations where innocent bystanders are not at risk.

“It’s pretty standard procedure that if you don’t have any hostages, time is on our side,” he said.

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