2 Kids Unharmed, Gunman Arrested After Shootout And Standoff In Romulus

WWJ News
August 03, 2018 - 7:55 pm
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ROMULUS (WWJ) - After some scary moments involving children alone in a home with a gunman, a standoff in Romulus has ended with an arrest.

According to Michigan State Police, it all began with an attempted carjacking at a Marathon gas station at Wayne and Wick roads, at around 4 p.m. Friday.

When the suspect -- armed with a handgun -- failed to steal the vehicle, police said he ran a short distance east on Wick, into a residential backyard where he was confronted by a resident with a dog.

MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw said the suspect shot and killed the dog, just as Romulus police officers, responding to a call about the carjacking, pulled up on the scene.

"Law enforcement engaged him; there was gunshots fired back and forth between Romulus Police Department (officers) and the suspect," Shaw said. "After shots were fired he ducked into a house, that's about three doors away from the initial shooting."

Neighbors were told to stay inside and lock their doors as the Western Wayne SWAT Team surrounded the home, Shaw said, where there it was learned there were two children inside with the gunman. 

The kids were sent out unharmed, Shaw said, after just a short time. A couple of hours later, the suspect surrendered to police without any further shots fired.

"I can see from my vantage point the two children, along with their families, across the way in the gas station parking lot talking to police," WWJ's Jon Hewett reported, at 7:30 p.m. "They've been given, as an aside, firefighter hats, and they have been hugging their family member...So this one ends well."

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the shootout. 

His name has not been released pending the filing of formal charges.