Police forces gather outside a home on St. Margaret Street in St. Clair Shores July 5, after a man shot two people late July 4. On July 6, a SWAT team entered the home and found the man and a woman dead inside following a more than 24-hour standoff.

Police forces gather outside a home on St. Margaret Street in St. Clair Shores July 5, after a man shot two people late July 4. On July 6, a SWAT team entered the home and found the man and a woman dead inside following a more than 24-hour standoff.

Photo by Kristyne Demske


Two found dead as standoff in St. Clair Shores comes to an end

UPDATE: Names of deceased released

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 6, 2019 | Updated July 8, 2019 10:22am

UPDATE: St. Clair Shores police have identified the shooter as 58-year-old Tom Ihlendfeldt, of St. Clair Shores. According to preliminary reports, it appears that Ihlenfeldt died from a single, self-inflicted, gunshot wound.

Police have also identified the female victim as 60-year-old Carol Baur, of St. Clair Shores, and said that it appears that she 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 fired multiple rounds with a high powered rifle toward police officers.

The Medical Examiner's investigation may establish when Ihlenfeldt took his own life. The investigation is still ongoing.
 

ST. CLAIR SHORES -- More than 24 hours after a man came out of his house to shoot at those celebrating the Fourth of July in his neighborhood, police officers found both he and a woman dead inside a residence in the 31900 block of St. Margaret Street.

According to a press release from St. Clair Shores police, around 2:30 a.m. July 6, after hours of negotiation procedures with a man who had barricaded himself in the house had failed, SWAT officers entered the residence and found the man dead. 

Police have tentatively identified the shooter as a 58-year-old man. The woman is believed to be 60. Police are not releasing the identities of either person until next of kin are notified. The cause of death for both has not yet been determined.

Police are still investigating the incident and say that more updates will be forthcoming. 

St. Clair Shores police were first called to the area around 10:05 p.m. July 4 for a report of trouble between neighbors. As they were responding, there were additional reports that the man had allegedly fired shots, hitting two people — a 10-year-old girl and a 62-year-old woman, both from Detroit. The pair have both been treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police identified and surrounded the home where the man was located and attempted to negotiate with him to surrender, but he refused to exit the home. 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, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and police forces from Eastpointe, Roseville and Sterling Heights over the course of the standoff.