Mich. standoff ends after alleged gunman who shot deputy is found dead

Sheriff Jerry Clayton said the deputy is in stable condition after a neighbor dispute and shooting that prompted a 9-hour standoff

By Nathan Clark
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A tense police standoff in a Superior Township neighborhood where a man shot a deputy ended with the man dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound late Wednesday night, police say.

After more than nine hours, the police stand off at Lakeview Drive ended just before midnight Wednesday, Sept. 16, when police discovered the barricaded gunman dead inside the residence, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Early indications are he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Police in standoff with alleged gunman after officer shot

The deputy who was shot in the incident has since been released from the hospital and is recovering, police said.

Though police are still investigating the scene, the area is being reopened and residents living in the area are free to leave their homes once again.

Police were initially called to the complex at 2:11 p.m. to respond to a felonious assault where a person shot at a neighbor during a dispute, police said.

Deputies arrived at the scene and began taking fire from the man almost immediately. One deputy was shot, police said.

The deputy, who was not identified, was described by the sheriff’s office as being part of the sheriff’s office “for quite some time.”

A Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to make contact with the barricaded man throughout the standoff, but was unsuccessful.

Police units from throughout Washtenaw County and beyond responded to the scene to assist in securing the perimeter and control traffic in the area.

These units included the Michigan State Police, Ypsilanti Police Department, Ann Arbor Police Department, Pittsfield Township Police Department, ATF, Homeland Security and campus police from both Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College.

There have been no recent interactions between police and the man prior to the shooting, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Derrick Jackson said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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