DETROIT (WWJ) – A man who held his estranged wife and children hostage inside a west side Detroit home was killed in a hail of gunfire after an hours-long standoff with police.
The situation unfolded around 7:30 a.m. Saturday when the 25-year-old suspect showed up at his mother-in-law’s home near Freeland Street and Grand River Avenue. At some point, shots were fired and the woman was struck by glass. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The suspect then went to his wife’s home in the 13300 block of Strathmoor, in a neighborhood just north of I-96 near Grand River Avenue. Armed with at least two weapons, the man took his wife and four other family members hostage, including two children.
Police responded to the home and were faced with a confrontation.
“The officers were quickly met by the suspect who was armed with a pistol and a shotgun,” Police Chief James Craig told WWJ’s Brooke Allen. “He pointed a weapon at the officers and threatened them. The officers, knowing that he had with him small children and family, showed extreme displacing and they backed off, retreated, and we declared this a barricaded suspect.”
All of the hostages were eventually released unharmed and police thought negotiations were going well. But then the suspect exited the home with a shotgun drawn and jumped from the front porch, firing at officers. Several officers returned fire, striking the suspect. He was declared dead at a local hospital.
One officer received a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The officer was shot in the face, although his injury was described as non-life threatening.
Police say the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute, but declined to elaborate. The suspect’s estranged wife had a personal protection order against him.
An investigation is ongoing.
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