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Police: Hostage safe after barricaded gunman situation in Clinton Twp.

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published May 16, 2019

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “Everybody is fine,” according to Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle, after a gunman reportedly barricaded himself and a hostage inside her apartment May 16.

The incident began at about 5:50 a.m. at Rivercrest Arms Apartments, in the 23500 block of Denton Street, near Metropolitan Parkway. Maierle said police received a call about a possible barricaded gunman situation.

Police learned that a woman who lives at the complex and her boyfriend were present at the location when the woman’s ex-boyfriend reportedly came to the complex. Maierle said the ex-boyfriend allegedly had a gun and “forced the woman to go back into her apartment.” The current boyfriend left the scene and called police.

Meanwhile, a member of the police hostage negotiating team went to the scene and started a dialogue with the suspect, 39, of Detroit. After some time, the suspect let the woman leave the apartment.

Dialogue continued between the officer and suspect, with the suspect finally leaving the apartment at about 9:30 a.m.

Maierle said the nearly four-hour stalemate will likely lead to multiple charges, including holding on unlawful imprisonment, felonious assault and felony firearm. The police report was not yet concluded at press time.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld pending official charges and arraignment, was lodged at the Clinton Township Police Department at press time.