Detroit barricaded gunman surrenders after police team talks to him
Detroit – A police negotiating team on Sunday persuaded a mentally ill barricaded shooter to drop his gun and surrender after being locked in a house on the east side for several hours, police said.
The incident began around 4:10 p.m. when a 40-year-old man got into an argument with his girlfriend and allegedly assaulted her, Detroit police officer Dan Donakowski said.
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“She managed to escape and call the police,” said Donakowski. “Officers who answered could speak to him first, but then he barricaded himself in the house with a gun.”
The Detroit Police Special Response Team was deployed with local police negotiators.
“After a few hours you could talk the man out peacefully,” said Donakowski.
Detroit Police Department noted an increase in barricaded gunnery situations over the past year. In December, after four men led police in a high-speed hunt and staged a stalemate in a Detroit home, police officers said it was the 34th barricaded shooter case they responded to in 2020, up from 22 in 2019.