Gunman Shoots Car Windows of Spouse and Daughter, Three Hour Lawmen Standoff
Just after midnight on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Columbia Township Police were dispatched to the 12000 block of Monroe Pike for a possible shooting. Columbia Township Police officer Szentmiklosi responded, as well as deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police troopers.
The lawmen learned that the 58-year-old male resident of the home had confronted his wife and adult daughter, as they were packing up belongings to move out. He was brandishing a handgun, and after threatening to harm both them and himself, he fired a number of rounds. Six windows on a vehicle were shot out, as well as an additional round fired inside the home.
The wife and daughter escaped the house and called 911.
Officers arrived at the home and set up a perimeter. The officers had intermittent phone contact with the suspect who refused to come out of the home. A second adult daughter arrived near the scene, but was kept from the residence. The suspect had been on the phone with her.
The suspect refused repeated requests to come out of the residence unarmed. Sgt. Niles, who had had previous contact with the suspect on an unrelated incident, was able to speak with him by phone and convince him to leave the house unarmed. The man was taken in to custody peacefully, and was then transported to Allegiance for evaluation.
Officers entered the house and removed a large number of firearms for safekeeping. Operations were concluded at approximately 3:15 A.M.
The completed report will be forwarded to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review of criminal charges.