Suicidal gunman in Shiawassee Park causes school lockdown

By: Sherri Kolade, | Farmington Press | Published May 17, 2017

A suicidal gunman, an 18-year-old West Bloomfield man, caused a police situation around 8 a.m. May 17 in Shiawassee Park, according to a police press release.

Farmington Public Safety officers, with help from the Farmington Hills Police Department, set up a perimeter around the area and rerouted traffic away from the park, according to the press release. 

The park runs along Shiawassee Street and Power Road, near Grand River Avenue.

Farmington Public Safety officers negotiated with the man and were able to convince him to drop the rifle in exchange for a bottle of water, according to the report. 

The man was then taken by officers and was transported to a local hospital for psychological evaluation. No one was injured during the incident.

Farmington High School was put on lockdown as a precaution, along with other Farmington Public Schools buildings.

Diane Bauman, director of school and community relations, confirmed in an email that the lockdown lasted from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

“The school district buildings were not at risk, but we locked them down as an extra precautionary measure,” Bauman said.

An FPS listserv email was sent out in that timeframe, stating: “We want to let you know that there was a police situation in Shiawassee Park this morning that resulted in the district putting the Administration Building, the Transportation Building, and the Maxfield Education Center under lockdown for a short period. The situation has been resolved and the lockdown has been lifted. Thank you.”

Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers could not be reached by press time.