Warren man fatally shot by police after emerging from standoff with gun

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 28, 2020

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WARREN — A 37-year-old Warren man was shot and killed by police officers when he emerged from a home carrying a pistol following a nine-hour standoff at a condo near 12 Mile and Hayes roads on Oct. 24.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said officers were first dispatched to the Lancaster Woods Condominiums in the 29200 block of Gloede Drive at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 to investigate a call from neighbors about a man who was apparently agitated and “throwing furniture around.”

“It appeared he had calmed down,” Dwyer said about the initial response.

Police were dispatched again at about 9:40 p.m. after shots were reportedly fired.

“Officers responded and then the Special Response Team also responded and we had a nine-hour negotiation, which obviously failed, where the suspect refused to surrender,” Dwyer said. “He did repeat several times that he was going to burn the apartment down by midnight. Right around 7:25 a.m. he set his condo on fire, broke out a rear window, jumped from the second floor with a 9 mm handgun in his possession.

“He engaged the officers. The officers repeatedly requested that he drop the weapon. He pointed the weapon at the officers and they had no other course, in self defense, and they had to use deadly force,” Dwyer said.

The surrounding units were evacuated and no other injuries to civilians or officers were reported.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave per department policy while the shooting is reviewed.

The man was reportedly alone in the condo. Dwyer said it was unknown why the man was angry or why he engaged the police when he jumped out of the home.

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