Troy gunman charged after standoff

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 23, 2018

 Bryce Lee Williams

Bryce Lee Williams

A barricaded gunman situation was resolved safely and the suspect was taken into custody at a home on Brooklawn Drive just before 5 p.m. Feb. 20 after a 13 ½-hour standoff.

The gunman, 36-year-old Bryce Williams, now faces assault and weapons charges.

In a prepared statement, police said the Troy Police Department received a 911 call at 3:23 a.m. from a woman who said she had fled her home on Brooklawn Drive after her son, who lived there, fired shots inside the home. 

She told police her husband was still in the home and that she could hear gunfire. 

Police arrived, gave shelter to Williams’ mother and set up a perimeter around the home, according to the release.  

Police said the gunfire inside the home continued, and Williams’ father fled the home. He told police his son had at least three handguns. 

Members of the Troy Police Crisis Negotiation Team made phone contact with Williams and reported that he was “clearly agitated and aggressive, continued to fire rounds in the home and refused to surrender to officers,” police said. 

Williams set up strobe lighting in the front window of the home to inhibit officers’ vision as they held the perimeter. Troy Police Capt. Bob Redmond explained in an email that Troy police service aides and dispatchers advised neighbors to shelter in place — to go into their basements and to stay away from windows. 

Police posted updates on Twitter throughout the incident. 

Police tweeted around 11 a.m. that a robot had been deployed. At just before 5 p.m. police tweeted that the barricaded gunman situation had been resolved safely and that the suspect was in custody.

The Troy Police Tactical Support Team and members of the crisis negotiation team, as well as the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Oakland County SWAT, responded to the scene. 

Alliance Mobile Health had several ambulance crews at the scene. 

According to a police report, early in the afternoon Williams ended phone contact with the negotiation team, and police heard an additional gunshot inside the home. Tactical officers were able to breach the front door of the home and send in a robot with monitoring capability. 

From that, police said they learned that Williams was still amed and had secured his bedroom with furniture. Police re-established communication with Williams through the robot’s audio capability, according to the release. 

After negotiations with Williams stalled again, police said, tactical officers introduced nonflammable chemical munitions into the home, which caused Williams to move from his barricaded position towards the front of the home, still armed with a handgun. 

Tactical officers told Williams, via the robot and an armored public address system,  to drop the gun. 

Just before the tactical officers reached the front door they saw Williams throw his gun across the floor. At 4:58 p.m., police said, Williams walked out of the home unarmed, and the tactical support team took him into custody. 

Police said they removed the family pet, an elderly beagle, from the home, and the dog was unhurt. 

Williams was transported first to a local hospital, where he was cleared for incarceration before being brought into the Troy Police Department. He was arraigned Feb. 22 in 52-4 District Court on charges of discharge of a gun in a building, felonious assault and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

His bond was set at $125,000 cash/surety, and he was transferred to the Oakland County Jail, where he remained at press time. 

He appeared in court without an attorney. 

The Troy Police Department thanked the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Birmingham Police Department, the Bloomfield Township Police Department, and each member department of Southeast Oakland SWAT for their help in bringing the incident to a peaceful conclusion.

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka (586) 498-1054.