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Woodhaven barricaded gunman kills self

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A man barricaded with a gun in his home at a Woodhaven apartment complex on Tuesday committed suicide, police said.

Police blocked off the area in front of the Southpointe Apartments in Woodhaven after reports of a man barricaded with a gun.

Woodhaven Police said officers received a report about a despondent man at the Southpointe Square Apartments, located in the 22000 block of West Rd., and were dispatched to check on him.

Officers contacted the man, but he wouldn’t open the door, police said.

A teen later answered the door and told police he heard a gunshot, according to authorities. The officers evacuated him.

Police secured the area and SWAT officers unsuccessfully tried to contact the man, who had locked himself in a bedroom, officials said.

Shortly after, police gained entry into the room and found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, they said.

No other injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing, police said. 

Victoria Edwards, who has lived at the Southpointe Apartments since 2003, said nothing like this has happened at the complex since she moved in.

“It’s usually quiet around here,” she said. “I like living around here.”

She said she didn’t hear any gunfire or disturbance this morning. She said while she was getting ready to go to work, her son sent her a text that told her to look out her window.

“I saw police putting up the tape,” she said.

Earlier in the day, a barricaded gunman fired about 12 shots in his Troy home. Police were responding to that incident.