Police: Armed man who held girlfriend captive arrested


A QUIET WALKER NEIGHBORHOOD AS PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. 3 POLICE TRIED TO TALK AN ARMED MAN INTO SURRENDERING… FOR SEVERAL HOURS.24 HOUR NEWS 8’S BARTON DEITERS IS BACK FROM THE SCENE AND TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED.BARTON 3 A TERRIFYING AFTERNOON FOR A WOMAN IN WALKER WHO WAS HELD AGAINST HER WILL FOR HOURS BY A MAN WITH A HANDGUN.THE MAN IS NOW IN CUSTODY, BUT ONLY AFTER HE HELD OFF POLICE FROM THREE AGENCIES BEFORE FINALLY SURRENDERING 3 3 ((17:45:25-30)) ((05)) ((WALKER POLICE CHIEF GREG LONG)) “THIS INCIDENT WAS VERY ACTIVE AND HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE VERY DANGEROUS AS THERE WAS A KNOWN WEAPON.JUST AFTER NOON TODAY WALKER POLICE GOT A CALL FROM THE HOMEOWNER IN THE 2600 BLOCK OF MILLER AVENUE NW – JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE DELTAPLEX.THE HOMEOWNER ALLEGEDLY TOLD POLICE THAT HIS TENANT WAS WAIVING AROUND A GUN AND HAD HIS GIRLFRIEND HELD AGAINST HER WILL.WALKER POLICE WERE JOINED BY FORCES FROM GRAND RAPIDS AND KENT COUNTY THAT INCLUDED ARMED AND ARMORED PERSONNEL, A TACTICAL TRUCK CALLED A BOBCAT AND THEY SURROUNDED THE HOME. HOME. ((17:48:47-49:01)) ((14)) ((WALKER POLICE ((17:48:47-49:01)) ((14)) HOME. HOME.SURROUNDED THE HOME. HOME. ((17:48:47-49:01)) ((14)) ((WALKER POLICE CHIEF GREG LONG)) “WE CERTAINLY TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS, THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THE ARMORED VEHICLES-THOSE ARE TO PROTECT THE OFFICERS THAT ARE UP NEGOTIATING WITH THEM, THOSE ARE FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS COMING IN TO SECURE THE SCENE AND, JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THAT’S FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR CITIZENS.”POLICE ALSO EVACUATED SOME HOMES NEARBY AND KEPT NEIGHBORS FROM GETTING TO THEIR HOUSES AS THE STANDOFF DRAGGED ON FOR MORE THAN SIX HOURS.POLICE SAY AROUND 2:30 P.M., THE ARMED MAN RELEASED THE WOMAN AND SHE RAN TO A WAITING POLICE VEHICLE. SHE WAS TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES SHE GOT AS SHE FLED, POLICE SAID.((TROY’S NATS))POLICE WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH THE MAN FOR ANOTHER FOUR HOURS EMPLOYING A LOUD SPEAKER TO IMPLORE THE MAN TO COME OUT OF THE HOME WITH HIS HANDS UP. FINALLY, AROUND 6:15 HE SURRENDERED PEACEFULLY.PEOPLE LIVING NEXT DOOR DID NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SITUATION. 3 SO, THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME WITH NO INJURIES – HOWEVER THERE IS A MAN IN THE KENT COUNTY JAIL WHO IS IN A LOT OF TROUBLE.THE SUSPECT, A MAN IN HIS 20S I’M TOLD, WILL BE FACING NUMEROUS FELONY CHARGES WHEN HE IS ARRAIGNED IN WALKER DISTRICT COURT — LIKELY ON WEDNESDAY. 3 3 3

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