Police: Barricaded Gunman In Grand Rapids On Parole For Armed Robbery

July 23, 2018 - 8:57 am

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) - Police in Grand Rapids are actively negotiating with a barricaded gunman Monday morning.

Dozens of officers surrounding a home at the intersection of 33rd Street and Marshall Avenue in southeast Grand Rapids after responding to reports of shots fired around 1 a.m.

"When we got there, of course, everyone ran away. One of those individuals ran into a nearby apartment building, so within moments we were able to contain that building. The individual was seen running with a firearm, so the individual in the apartment, we believe is armed and that's how we are treating this situation," said Sergeant Kathy Williams. 

She says police are communicating with the man.

"We've been back and forth with our negotiators and we have SWAT personnel on the scene, and this individual is refusing to come out," says Williams. "He's verbally defiant that he's not coming out - he playing games, poking in and out of the apartment, turning on his music - he's actively being defiant at this point, and not cooperating with the officers command to come on out peacefully.

"There is no hurry here, we have the house contained - there is no one else in danger that we are aware of - so we really take this time now to slow it down, it could go on for hours, all through the morning if need be."

Williams says the suspect was paroled on armed robbery charges in May, and it's not the first time he's had contact with police since that date.