Taylor city hall remains closed after gunman’s standoff

Candice Williams, and Nicquel Terry

Taylor police are investigating a Friday incident in which an armed man from Florida caused a 30-minute standoff with officers outside of City Hall.

Around 10:20 a.m. the man in his 30s walked into the lobby of the police department and told an officer he thought he was being followed, Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said.

The man seemed despondent and as he turned to leave the lobby officers saw he had a handgun in his hand, she said.

“We corralled him into the front of our station to a big plaza that’s in the middle of city hall,” Sclabassi said.

Taylor police say officers had to evacuate buildings in the area as police surrounded the man outside Cameron Priebe Plaza. Officers talked with the man for nearly 30 minutes.

“He did indicate he wanted officers to kill him,” Sclabassi said. “We don’t know why. One officer is highly trained in hostage negotiating. He did a great job of getting him to put the gun down and surrender.”

No one was injured and there were no shots fired, authorities say.

Police do not know why the man was in Michigan, Sclabassi said.

The Taylor city hall building will be closed for the weekend.

“Our police officers did an excellent job apprehending the man without incident,” Mayor Rick Sollars said in a statement.


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