Update: Standoff- Man Armed with Assault Rifle

LANSING - Armed with an assault rifle and wearing a bullet-proof vest, a fugitive is captured in Lansing after a two-hour stand-off. A SWAT team surrounded a home in the 3200 block of Rayborn Drive, near Holmes & Waverly Road, at around 9:30 Thursday night.
Lansing police had received a tip that a man who had escaped from custody in August, and had numerous weapons charges outstanding, was inside that home. Police considered the man armed and very dangerous.
At about 11:30PM, the fugitive left the back of the house and was captured by police in the back yard of the home. Police say the man was carrying a SKS assault rifle, 2 handguns and wearing a bullet-proof vest when he caught. The man did not fire at officers.
The fugitive has been identified as 27-year-old Christopher Joseph Atkins of Lansing. He was jailed on the previous a concealed weapons and possession charges. He was arraigned Friday on additional charges of possssion of firearms by a felon, possession of body armor by a violent felon, altering identification marks of a firearm, and felony firearm.


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  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    So, then you position an officer with a sniper-rifle on top of a building. Problem solved.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    Thugs like this are afraid of citizen who knwo how to protect themselves. People need to take self defense classes and learn how to cope with dangerous individuals. Most of these guys need help but do not know how to ask for it.
  • by zach Location: eaton rapids on Jan 21, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    The idiot who let this thug out of prison should be his cellmate! No more second chances for gangsta wannabes, too much blood is spilled for them.
  • by lawbiding citizen on Jan 21, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    Unbelievable that this Guy isn't in prison for natural life. We need harsh laws for gun crimes like he has committed his whole life!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    That explains the helecoptor flying circles over the area from 9:30 on last night. What a way to bring down a quite respectible neighborhood.
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