Police: Man in custody after standoff in SE Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Authorities say an armed man who barricaded himself inside a home on Grand Rapids' southeast side has surrendered to police.

Officers converged on a home on Plymouth Avenue SE just north of 44th Street Tuesday afternoon after police say the 30-year-old man barricaded himself inside the home and held a gun to his head.  The incident started when Kent County Sheriff's Department officials attempted to serve a search warrant at the home at about 1:30 p.m.

During the more than 4 hour standoff, officials say they had intermittent contact with the man inside the home. He eventually surrendered to police and no injuries were reported.

"During situations like this when an individual is in a crisis and we have no reason to believe that are others in danger in the home, we want to slow everything down," GRPD Sgt. Catherine Williams said Tuesday in a release. "This is especially true when the individual is willing to communicate with negotiators."

Police say the man was wanted on a charge of stealing and concealing stolen property over $1,000.  The stolen property was a boat motor and some tools, officials said.

It's unclear what other charges he will face in connection with the standoff.  He will be identified pending formal arraignment.

Plymouth Avenue and Dawes Court SE were closed from about 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday during the incident.


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