Police situation in Center Line ends without injury

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 10, 2018

CENTER LINE — A situation that began with reports of shots fired ended without injury Jan. 10 after Center Line public safety officers were sent to a home on Dale Street, east of Van Dyke Avenue and north of 10 Mile Road.

Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department, said emergency operators took calls at about 8 a.m. and that several nearby schools were placed on temporary lockdown as a precaution.

“We got reports of shots fired, coming from a house in the 8400 block of Dale,” Costello said. “The caller stated that multiple shots were fired from that house and that there was yelling coming from the house.”

Costello said responding officers recognized the home from prior calls and that verbal on-scene communication was established with a 45-year-old man inside. The man eventually agreed to exit the home, and was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

No shots were fired at officers, and no one was injured in the response. The man was reportedly alone in the house at the time. It was initially unclear what weapon was involved, but Costello said reports indicated that it may have been a shotgun.

Center Line officers were supported by the Warren Police Department’s Special Response Team. The investigation remained ongoing at press time.

School district responds
At around 8:15 a.m., Center Line High School, Wolfe Middle School, Peck Elementary School and the Center Line Public Schools administration building/Academy 21 program went into lockdown after the Center Line Public Safety Department alerted school personnel of the police matter.    

District Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Andrew McKinnon released a letter to parents dated Jan. 10 to alert them of the situation.

“The situation was quickly contained by the Center Line Public Safety Department,” the letter states. “However, out of abundance of caution, we immediately put four buildings on a precautionary measure. At no time was there any direct threat to our students. Center Line public safety was exceptional and kept us updated throughout the situation.”

The lockdown was lifted at 9:10 a.m., when school officials learned that the matter had “been peacefully resolved.”

A lockdown is a precautionary measure in response to a threat directly to a school or in the surrounding community. In a lockdown, all school activities are moved indoors. Depending on the type of lockdown, interior and exterior doors on campus are locked. No one is allowed to enter or exit the building.

Staff Writer Maria Allard contributed to this report.