Barricaded Gunman In Detroit Has Released One Hostage, One Remains Inside

Police say the suspect is linked to a triple homicide earlier this summer

WWJ News
September 15, 2020 - 8:00 am

(WWJ) Detroit Police are on the scene of a barricaded gunman situation where one hostage remains trapped inside with the suspect. The other has been released. 

WWJ's Charlie Langton says the incident started around 2:30 this morning when Redford Township Police tried to conduct a traffic stop near Telegraph and Fenkell after the man, 38, ran a red light.  The suspect took off and drove to his home on Iliad Street. He went onto the porch, and when police approached, he fired one shot. 

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No officers were hit.

The man then broke a window to get into the home.  Two people, a man and a woman, were inside.


Police say the woman was released around 4:00 p.m. It is unclear if she is injured.

The man remains trapped in the house. His father is on the scene, pleading for his safe release: "I just hope he makes it and comes out alive." 

Detroit police negotiators have been in contact with the suspect, who they say has an extensive criminal background. Chief James Craig tells WWJ the suspect is linked to a triple homicide in June.

"He acknowledged he had a mental illness," Craig says. "And had not been taking his meds." 

The relationship between the two hostages, and their connection to the suspect is unclear. 

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