Man on dollar store roof in hours-long standoff with police.

December 7, 2020

Man on dollar store roof in hours-long standoff with police.

MANISTEE — A man on the Family Dollar store’s roof was in a standoff police “throughout most of the night” Sunday, Dec. 6, said Manistee Police Chief Josh Glass.

The suspect was a parole absconder and was possibly armed with a knife, said Chief Glass. He threatened to kill law enforcement officers on the scene.

The Manistee City Police Department was dispatched to the Family Dollar sortly before 11 p.m. “for reports of a male subject on the roof yelling for help,” said Glass.

Officers from the Manistee City Police Department, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

“Once on scene, officers learned the male subject on the roof was a parole absconder, possibly armed with a knife, and threatened to kill the law enforcement officers on scene. Officers attempted negotiation efforts with the suspect to get him down from the roof. The suspect refused which led to a standoff throughout most of the night.

“The Manistee City Police Department requested assistance from the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Reponse Team which subsequently responded to the scene and was able to take the male suspect into custody without incident. The male suspect was provided immediate medical attention and later lodged in the Manistee County Jail for an arrest warrant.”

The Manistee City Fire Department and the Manistee Township Fire Department also assisted.

No further information is immediately available.

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