Idelwild stand off ends with man in custody.

January 8, 2020

Idelwild stand off ends with man in custody.


IDLEWILD (Lake County) — A 50-year-old man is in custody following a several hour stand off Tuesday. The incident started about 1 p.m. when two deputies from Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies from Lake County Sheriff’s Office and two troopers from Michigan State Police Hart Post were shot at as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant for the suspect in the area of South Tacoma and Baldwin roads, according to a press release from the MSP.

The suspect was initially wanted for failing to appear on a drug-related charge and a Friend of the Court warrant, both out of Newaygo County.

The suspect was located staying in a camper off South Tacoma Road, and after officers identified themselves and contacted the suspect through the door of the camper, he began to fire an unknown firearm from inside the camper and out toward the officers, the release stated.  The six officers were able to retreat to a position of cover and eventually to safety as the suspect continued to sporadically fire shots toward the officers.  No officers were struck by the gunfire and no officers returned fire. The suspect then barricaded himself in the camper and was the only occupant.

More deputies and troopers arrived on scene, along with a MSP Emergency Support Team and established a perimeter around the scene and suspect, the release stated.  After several hours of negotiation, the suspect surrendered to Emergency Support Team members shortly after 7 p.m. and was taken into custody.

After being taken into custody, the suspect was found to have an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face.  The suspect is being medically treated and will now be facing charges in Lake County in addition to the original charges in Newaygo County.

The case remains under investigation by the MSP Hart post.

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