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July 25, 2013

Armed man detained outside Selfridge

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Military police detained an armed man outside Selfridge Air National Guard Base the evening of July 22, though whether he will face criminal charges remains unknown.

Michigan State Police troopers were dispatched to the scene shortly after 6:30 p.m. A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect drove up to the main gate at 6 p.m., walked up to the security and announced that he had a weapon.

Upon arrival, state troopers learned that the suspect had been disarmed and was being held by Military Police. The suspect and loaded weapon, a .32 caliber, five-shot revolver, were then turned over to State Police.

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said it appears that the suspect may have some mental health issues.

“Nothing about the man is being released right now because we’re not exactly sure if it was a medical issue,” said Shaw. “If there’s a mental health issue, we don’t release a person’s name or where the person is from.

“We’re kind of aiming in that direction (that the man may have a mental health issue) because just walking up and saying you have a gun is not a normal thing to do.”

He said the man was arrested, processed and released. He was later transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Shaw said the incident remains under investigation.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.