Police release more details in standoff with gunman

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 20, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — More details on a man’s standoff with police were made available recently.

Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a previous report that a 911 call came in around 3:05 p.m. Nov. 5 regarding a domestic dispute involving a gun at the Riverstone Apartments, in the 25000 block of Shiawassee Road.

The caller told dispatchers that a gun had been brandished during a domestic incident and a man had locked himself inside an apartment.

According to a police report, a witness saw two men arguing in the parking lot of the apartments.

When police arrived, they stopped both men, who police said are brothers, and interviewed them.

The brothers told police that their mother’s boyfriend had made threatening phone calls to one of the men, and they were concerned because one of the boyfriend’s children was being babysat by their mother.

When the boyfriend arrived home to the apartment complex to pick up his children, he allegedly produced a handgun and threatened one of the brothers with bodily harm, the man told police.

Police said in the report that as the officers were interviewing the two brothers, the suspect came out onto his balcony several times to yell at the brothers and the officers. He was advised to return to his apartment and stop yelling, but he did not comply.

Officers on the scene then went into the apartment building to attempt to make contact with the suspect and to speak with the victim’s mother, but there was no response at the door.

As the officers were getting ready to leave, the woman came running from the apartment and said her boyfriend had a gun and had threatened to kill her after police left.

The woman gave police permission to enter her apartment and gave them the keys. However, when the officers attempted to make entry into the apartment, the man refused to let them enter.

Police said they believed the man had a gun. 

Loussia said in a previous report that due to the suspect not cooperating with police, the department’s special entry and response team was activated.

Officers attempted for several hours to get the man to turn himself in, Loussia said previously, along with trying to de-escalate the situation.

Eventually, police made entry through the apartment door and arrested the man without incident.

The gun that was believed to be involved in the incident was also recovered, and police said the serial number on the gun had been altered.

The man was arrested on charges of felonious assault, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

No one was injured during the incident, police said.