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Bizarre Standoff Ends In Fire

By Patrick Sullivan | April 9, 2019

 

Someone called police after their neighbor threatened to burn down the rental house where he lived.

When Kalkaska County Sheriff’s deputies and a DNR conservation officer arrived Sunday at 1:46pm to the home in Excelsior Township, they were met by a combative man who was verbally abusive and carried a pipe. Deputies said the man threatened to pull out a handgun.

Next, the man started throwing metal objects at police, forcing them to take cover behind patrol cars. One of the objects, a car jack, struck and smashed a patrol car window.

As deputies attempted to convince the man to surrender, he retreated and snuck inside his residence and barricaded himself inside.

Later, after more police arrived, the suspect set his house in fire from inside. Eventually the smoke and fire forced him out into the open. An officer able to subdue him with a taser, and he was arrested. No one was injured, but the suspect was taken to Munson Kalkaska for a mental evaluation before he was taken to jail.

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