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Grosse Pointe police standoff ends peacefully

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 47-year-old man surrendered to police Monday morning following a six-hour standoff where the man had barricaded himself inside a home in Grosse Pointe.

Police responded to the home in the 700 block of Rivard around 1:30 a.m., said Stephen Poloni, director of public safety for the city.

The 911 call was that the 47-year-old was suicidal. But when police responded, the man ran back into the home and refused to answer to authorities. More than a dozen officers including some from neighboring Grosse Pointe communities and others from the Eastern Wayne Special Response Team surrounded the house. 

Police responded to a man barricaded in a home in the 700 block of Rivard on March 19, 2018.

The man eventually surrendered after police were able to reach him through his attorney, Poloni said. 

No weapon was recovered from the home. The man was believed to be more of a danger to himself rather than to others, Poloni said. 

A police car blocked drivers from crossing Goethe onto the block of Rivard but vehicles were allowed to travel on Goethe., The main roads nearby weren't blocked during the standoff.

By around 8 a.m. Monday, police were calling the situation as a health matter and the 47-year-old was taken to be treated at an "undisclosed location," Poloni said. 

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