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Warren neighbor dispute leads to standoff, suspect’s surrender

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 29, 2020


WARREN — An alleged shot fired during an early morning argument between neighbors near Toepfer and Memphis avenues led to a four-hour standoff with police that ultimately ended without further incident and two arrests June 27.

Lt. Matthew Dillenbeck, of the Warren Police Department, commander of the Warren Police Special Response Team, said the team was activated at about 9 a.m., shortly after a dispute of some type led to the shot being fired into an occupied home. Patrol units were first sent to the scene, where two men were believed to be inside of another home.

“At that time, both suspects barricaded themselves and refused commands to come out by the responding patrol units,” Dillenbeck said.

The Warren SRT responded with negotiators and its general purpose vehicle. Police established a perimeter around the neighborhood and worked to negotiate the surrender of two suspects.

Dillenbeck said the first to surrender, identified as a 19-year-old man, was not expected to face charges related to the incident but was later turned over to police in Oakland County on outstanding arrest warrants.

The second suspect, the man believed to have fired the shot, surrendered to police about 45 minutes later, at about 1 p.m. He was expected to face felonious assault and weapons charges. Assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Police reportedly recovered a handgun at the scene.

“The Special Response Team and the crisis negotiators for this department did a superb job,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dywer said June 29. “They are well trained, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Dillenbeck credited the SRT’s responding officers, the department’s patrol division and the team’s negotiators for bringing the situation to a close without further incident.

“They’re the ones doing the hard work,” Dillenbeck said.

He added, “It went as good as can be expected. They performed incredibly well. We train for these scenarios: barricaded gunman, hostage situations. Best case scenario is no one gets injured — either the suspects, the victims or the responding officers.”

A sizable crowd watched the situation unfold at the scene and through live video feeds posted on social media.