Man Responsible For Eight-Hour Standoff Charged

The man who barricaded himself inside his home, resulting in an eight-hour standoff Thursday, has officially been charged.

DeWayne McKenzie, 54, was arraigned Friday morning in Mason, charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.

It all began the day before when police received a phone call about a domestic dispute.

"Upon arrival, we discovered a male subject who was brandishing a bat and making threats against his family," said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.

Police say McKenzie also claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself and others left in the home; his son, his son's girlfriend and his two grandchildren, ages six and four.

Eventually, he let them all go and Ingham County deputies, along with Michigan State Police continued negotiations.

"Negotiations broke down, the suspect clearly was not going to cooperate," said Wriggelsworth. "Some non-lethal munitions were deployed at which time the suspect surrendered."

After being taken into custody by police, McKenzie was taken to Sparrow Hospital and now sits in Ingham County Jail. Police say no shots were fired and no one was harmed during the standoff.


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