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Man was shooting at officers during stand-off

Posted at 10:04 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 10:04:48-05

LANSING, Mich. — Police have arrested a man after a standoff in a Jackson neighborhood that lasted several hours.

A police presence has been confirmed at a neighborhood at Third and Bloomfield in Jackson. (Source: WILX)Police said a 57-year-old man is in custody, who has not been identified, now faces felony weapons charges.

The situation began just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday near the corner of Bloomfield Boulevard and First Street when police responded to a domestic call. However, when they arrived to the scene, there was no confrontation to respond to.

Three people met them outside the home saying there was no situation they were aware of, and the only person in the house was the man.

Police said that's when they heard two shots fired inside of the home. Officers then secured the area and set up a perimeter around the house.

The neighborhood was essentially on lock-down while police were on scene. Officers went door-to-door, telling people to stay inside and take cover in their basements.

After a five-hour standoff, the Jackson County Special Response Team were able to get the suspect to exit the house and was taken into custody.

Police determined the man was the person who originally made the 911 call reporting a domestic situation, but they're unsure as to why. They have determined that the man was aiming at the officers when he fired the gun two times from inside the home.

"Nobody was injured. Our officers were not shot. It does appear based upon some of the evidence early on the scene he may have been shooting in the direction of at least one or two of our officers. So as the investigation unfolds, hopefully we will be able to determine a little more on what motivated this," Elmer Hitt, Jackson Police and Fire Director said.

Police said the suspect has had previous run-ins with the law and has a felony record.

The suspect is currently lodged in the Jackson County Jail pending charges. It is expected an arraignment will take place sometime later today.

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