Suspect surrenders after hostage situation, shootout with Romulus police

Blake Alsup
The Detroit News
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A man surrendered to police Friday evening after he barricaded himself inside a Romulus home following an attempted carjacking, according to Michigan State Police.

The suspect attempted to steal a car from a gas station on the corner of Wayne and Wick Road, according to information released on social media Michigan State Police, which has been asked to assist the Romulus Police Department with the case.

The suspect, police said, ran into a nearby neighborhood. As Romulus police were searching the area near the gas station, the man entered someone's backyard and shot the homeowner's dog, MSP said.

Police arrived, exchanged shots with the suspect and he fled. The suspect then ran into a nearby house and took a 6-year-old boy hostage.

"Officers set a perimeter and began verbally negotiating with the suspect," MSP wrote on Twitter Friday evening. "The child was released and the suspect soon surrendered."

The child was uninjured and the suspect was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. State Police late Friday said the suspect was in critical condition.

The initial carjacking victim, authorities added, was located and interviewed. Canine officers also located the suspect's weapon as well as shell casings and said they intend to submit findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor's office for review after interviews and evidence gathering are completed. 

A representative from the Romulus Police Department confirmed late Friday that the situation had ended and the scene is secure, but they are continuing to investigate.

Following the situation, Romulus police posted a message on their Facebook page.

"Bad guy in custody, good guys and child safe," the statement said. "If you haven’t already, it’s safe to return to, or come out of your home. Thank you for you support, patience, and cooperation."