GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Grand Rapids Police asked residents in a southeast neighborhood to leave the area as they dealt with a domestic situation Friday evening.
Residents who live on Giddings Avenue near Boston Street say Grand Rapids Police officers knocked on their door asking them to leave their homes.
Witnesses tell 24 Hour News 8 that John Edward Garner, 47, was in a house threatening to blow up the house he was in and take his own life. Neighbors living upstairs said he poured lighter fluid on the carpet.
Police were in the area due to a domestic situation and they asked residents of about 25 homes to leave the area as a precautionary measure. Later on, police used a bullhorn to communicate with Garner.
Police set up a perimeter blocking foot and vehicle traffic on Giddings Ave during the standoff. DTE workers shut off the gas to the house where the standoff occurred.
After almost four hours, police arrested the suspect at around 9:40 p.m. No one was hurt in the standoff. However, a gas company and the Grand Rapids Fire Department were called out to the scene as a precaution.
Residents were allowed back in their homes around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Garner is being held at the Kent County Jail pending charges.
Anyone with more information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3604 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
A memorial is scheduled Thursday night for three young siblings who died in an apartment fire 10 months ago.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.