Royal Oak man shot after lengthy standoff with police

Man later died at hospital

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 8, 2021

 A home in the 2700 block of Oliver Road was the location of a barricaded gunman situation in which a member of the Oakland County SWAT team fatally shot 34-year-old Jason Sugg Feb. 27. Neighbors left flowers, a wreath and an encouraging sign on the boarded up house.

A home in the 2700 block of Oliver Road was the location of a barricaded gunman situation in which a member of the Oakland County SWAT team fatally shot 34-year-old Jason Sugg Feb. 27. Neighbors left flowers, a wreath and an encouraging sign on the boarded up house.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

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ROYAL OAK — After a nearly seven-hour standoff Saturday, Feb. 27, a member of the Oakland County SWAT team shot a 34-year-old Royal Oak man at a home in the 2700 block of Oliver Road, near Crooks and 13 Mile roads.

At approximately 2 p.m. Feb. 27, Royal Oak officers responded to a report of a violent domestic dispute involving a father and his adult son.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said the mother called 911 after the son assaulted his father. Carter said it was a minor assault, and both parents were safely out of the home when officers arrived.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the 34-year-old son was intoxicated, heavily armed, wearing body armor, and had barricaded himself inside the house, according to a police press release.

Royal Oak police said that they established phone contact with the man and made repeated attempts to convince him to peacefully surrender, to no avail. During negotiations, police could hear multiple gunshots coming from inside the house, with several rounds going through the window, according to the release.

Carter said the man appeared to be randomly shooting inside the house. He added that the man repeatedly threatened to shoot officers and told police he “rigged the doors” to prevent officers from entering.

While negotiations continued, police set up a perimeter and advised residents to shelter in place. Carter said officers went door to door to inform residents of the danger, and the city sent out an email blast advising residents on Oliver Road, Galpin Avenue, Glenview Avenue and Glenwood Road to shelter in place, lock their doors, stay away from the windows, and take cover in their basements if possible.

At approximately 4 p.m., the Oakland County SWAT team took over the scene and continued negotiations with intermittent contact with the suspect, according to the release.

After two and a half hours with no further contact with the suspect, the SWAT team sent in a SWAT robot and drone to search the house. Carter said the SWAT team reestablished communication with the suspect via cellphone after he disabled the drone; however, he still refused to come out and put on a gas mask.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., according to police, the suspect appeared near the front of the home, leveled his rifle at deputies, and a member of the SWAT team shot him. According to the release, deputies rendered first aid, and the Royal Oak Fire Department, which was standing by, transported the suspect to Beaumont Hospital.

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Michael McCabe said the suspect fired multiple shots and McCabe termed the incident as an “active shooter” event, as opposed to “barricaded gunman.”

“Let’s just say he wasn’t shooting at trees,” he said. “It was definitely a life-threatening situation, and our deputy did what he was trained to do.”

McCabe confirmed the man’s identity as Jason Sugg. He said Beaumont doctors performed surgery on Sugg, and Sugg was pronounced dead shortly after 6 a.m. the following morning.

He added that the investigation is still open, so he could not comment on specific details such as where Suggs was shot, and that more information in the case would be forthcoming.

“There’s no indication that this was anything other than a tragic situation,” McCabe said.

Neighbors said Sugg, an only child, was a military veteran and a “kind, gentle, loving soul” who loved cats, but was also “troubled.”

They called the situation “gutting,” and added that Sugg’s parents will be unable to return to their home, where they have resided for over three decades, for “the foreseeable future.”

On March 5, flowers, a wreath and an encouraging sign decorated the boarded up house.

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