The house where Tom Ihlendfeldt barricaded himself in the basement, shooting at police intermittently for more than 24 hours, is now boarded up as the police investigation continues.

The house where Tom Ihlendfeldt barricaded himself in the basement, shooting at police intermittently for more than 24 hours, is now boarded up as the police investigation continues.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


911 calls reveal details of shooting, barricaded gunman incident

Gunman, woman found dead in home

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 12, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a celebration of the nation’s birthday resulted in a standoff that lasted more than a day and left two people dead and two others injured.

According to 911 recordings released by St. Clair Shores police, Channita Jackson, who lives in the 31000 block of St. Margaret Street, first called police at 10:05 p.m. to report that her neighbor was harassing her and threatening her with a gun as she and friends and family were outside with fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“He’s threatened us with a gun. He said, ‘I got a .44 and you’re gonna feel it,’” said Jackson, who identified herself on the 911 recordings, to the dispatcher.

Over the course of the more than seven-minute call, the situation escalates from the neighbor, later identified as 58-year-old Tom Ihlendfeldt, pointing a laser beam at the kids, to him going inside and coming back out with a gun, to him allegedly coming onto Jackson’s property and shooting at her house. While at first it seems that Jackson believes Ihlendfeldt just shot at her house, it soon becomes clear that a 62-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl have been shot.

“This man has been harassing me for a (expletive) year,” Jackson can be heard saying on the tape. “He walked on my yard and shot in my (expletive) house. He shot my (expletive) window out.”

She also explained to the dispatcher that she has made several complaints against Ihlendfeldt, including him walking into her house on one occasion and harassing her on other occasions.

After the incident began just after 10 p.m. July 4, Ihlendfeldt held police off as he barricaded himself in his basement for the next approximately 28 hours, firing shots at officers and robots sent into the house to ascertain his position. At around 2:30 a.m. July 6, after hours of negotiation procedures with him had failed, SWAT officers entered the residence and found the man dead. It appeared that Ihlendfeldt had died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Also inside the house was the 60-year-old homeowner, Carol Baur, of St. Clair Shores, who had died from multiple gunshot wounds.

St. Clair Shores police stated in a press release that a Michigan State Police robot successfully entered the home several hours after the standoff began and determined at that time that the woman had already died. The robot also showed police that Ihlendfeldt “had taken up an offensive position in the basement.” When the robot tried to identify his exact location in the basement, he fired several rounds at the robot, disabling it.

Over the course of the situation, Ihlenfeldt reportedly fired multiple rounds with a high-powered rifle toward police officers.

Supporters of Baur’s children have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses and other related costs.

According to the page, at www.gofundme.com/honoring-the-loving-memory-amp-legacy-of-carol-baur, the family is asking for privacy and respect from media outlets and will be declining interviews. But the page states that, “As a result of her actions, she became an instant hero and guardian angel to many.”

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Lt. James Fraser said that from what he had been told, Baur had previously diffused confrontational situations between Ihlendfeldt and neighbors on several occasions. He said he believed that happened again the night of July 4.

“At some point as it started unfolding, she did, from what I was told, try to intervene and try to get him back in the house,” he said of Baur.

The medical examiner’s investigation may establish when Ihlendfeldt took his own life. The investigation was still ongoing at press time.

Another 911 call to police, which came in about 45 minutes after the initial call, alerted police to the fact that Ihlendfeldt may have had an arsenal of weapons in his home.

“The guy who did the shooting has a nice armory in his basement. I know him personally,” the unnamed caller told dispatchers at 10:49 p.m. July 4. “I pulled up to the driveway to my mother’s house (as the incident began). I watched him do the shooting.

“He has riot guns, M-16s, ARs, AKs and, from what my other buddy told me, he just went up to (unknown) and picked up 100,000 rounds, so I don’t know what he’s doing, but I’m directly across.”

Police identified and surrounded the home where the man was located and attempted to negotiate with him to surrender, but he refused to exit. Over the course of the next day and a half, police used a battering ram, tear gas and robots to try and get the man to turn himself in, even flooding the basement where he had barricaded himself late July 5, while he continued to shoot at police and the robots.

Neighbors were told to stay in their homes for their safety during the course of the situation, and police prohibited anyone from entering the neighborhood throughout the standoff.

St. Clair Shores police received assistance from the Michigan State Police, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, and police forces from Eastpointe, Roseville and Sterling Heights over the course of the standoff.

The two bystanders who were shot during the course of the incident were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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