Standoff ends peacefully
75-year-old man with gun taken into custody
Monday, July 08, 2013 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - A 75-year-old man was taken into custody after allegedly holding police officers at bay with a loaded pistol for nearly two hours Monday. The standoff started at 11:15 a.m. in an apartment at 4310 10th St.
An armed standoff lasting two hours ended peacefully Monday afternoon in the 4300 block of 10th Street in Menominee. City police, the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Troopers assisted in securing the scene in what Police Chief Brett Botbyl called a “tense” situation.
Police say they received a call from that address saying a man needed medical attention and that he was "potentially uncooperative." When officers arrived they were let in by a family member and taken to a locked bedroom in the back of the apartment. Officers reportedly asked if there were any weapons in the house and were told there were none.
When officers unlocked the bedroom door they came face-to-face with the suspect sitting on the bed pointing a loaded .22-caliber pistol at them.
"The hammer was cocked," said Police Chief Brett Botbyl.
Officers quickly went to another part of the apartment and called for backup while still making sure the suspect didn't walk out.
The Menominee County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police both sent reinforcements. A partial, but not mandatory, evacuation took place.
"We cleared the building. I had an officer walk along the residences on the west side of U.S. 41 as well and notify them," said Botbyl. "We can't make them leave but we advise them of what's going on and it's up to them."
Traffic on U.S. 41 continued in both directions during the standoff and vehicles were not rerouted. Authorities did however secure the perimeter and received approval from the State Police to activate its Emergency Services Team (EST), which is much like SWAT.
At about 1:15 p.m. the suspect was subdued and separated from his weapon. The EST was called off and the suspect was removed from the home handcuffed to a Rescue Squad gurney.
"I'm just proud of all the staff there that did an outstanding job," said Botbyl, "and the bottom line is, everyone went home safe and well."
The suspect was transported to Bay Area Medical Center where he was expected to undergo medical and mental health evaluations. Any charging decisions will be left to the Prosecuting Attorney's office.