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UPDATE: 'Armed and dangerous' man ID'd, search called off

Posted at 9:50 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 09:50:41-04

Police were searching for a man considered "armed and dangerous" early Sunday afternoon between Holt and Mason.

Just before 8 p.m., the Ingham County Sheriff's Office said the search was being called off.

In a news release late Sunday, the sheriff's office said there was no reason to believe the man, now identified as Eddie Rockwell, Jr., 33, of Onondaga, is still in the area.

Police agencies were searching an area roughly bounded by Harper Road on the north, Edgar Road to the east, Howell & Nichols on the south, and Aurelius Road on the west.

Homes were evacuated on Aurelius Road between Nichols and Harper while deputies and police searched the area. Everyone is now allowed back inside.

The sheriff's office said Rockwell was reportedly looking inside people's homes and car windows in an area along Edgar Road.

When deputies arrived, he refused to listen to commands and would not show his hands. Rockwell reportedly pulled a gun from his waistband and it fell to the ground.

"As deputies drew their handguns and took cover, he retrieved his gun and ran west towards a wooded area," a news release said.

Officers were asking people in that area to lock their doors and stay inside. They were also asking everyone else to avoid the area while the search is on.

"Residents do not have any known immediate threats to safety, which also is the case for schools in the area. Any residents who evacuated their homes early can return," a release said.

Officials believe he might have also been involved in a car crash on Barnes and Edgar roads early Sunday morning, since the car involved belonged to a man with the same name.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone that has information regarding where Rockwell might be to call 517-676-2431.