Suspect in custody following fatal Dearborn hotel shooting, police standoff

Michigan State Police said the suspect was taken into custody “without incident.”
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 2:12 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 10:13 PM EDT
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DEARBORN, Mich. (WILX) - A barricaded gunman in Dearborn was reportedly taken into police custody Thursday night.

Michigan State Police said the suspect was taken into custody “without incident.

Dearborn police chief Issa Shahin said they were able to apprehend the man at about 8:30 p.m.

“We were able to resolve this peacefully,” Shahin said. “We spent the last seven hours negotiating with an individual armed with a rifle.”

Police said the situation started just after 1 p.m. Thursday with a dispute over a bill at the Hampton Inn on Michigan Avenue.

Shahin confirmed a 55-year-old man who worked at the hotel had been fatally shot on the third floor.

Michigan State Police said they responded to the area and exchanged gunfire with a suspect. The hotel and the surrounding area was evacuated.

A nearby school, Duvall Elementary School, went into what they called a precautionary “soft lockdown.”

The Dearborn Police Department said the suspect had been contained, but still urged people to avoid the area. Michigan State Police described the area as an active and dangerous shooting scene.

“This person is still liable to shoot at people walking in this area,” said Mike Shaw, with Michigan State Police. “I cannot say it enough: This is not a safe area.”

After several hours, Shahin said crisis negotiators were able to convince the man to surrender. He described the suspect as a 38-year-old man with a history of drug abuse and mental health problems.

Michigan Avenue is still closed and will be as the investigation continues.

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