GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who faces charges linked to the child who brought a loaded gun to a Grand Rapids school last month gave himself up to police after an about four-hour standoff Friday.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said that around 9:15 a.m., officers went to a home on Marshall Avenue SE near Humboldt Street. That’s in the area of Eastern Avenue and Hall Street. They were looking to arrest a 26-year-old man who faces weapons and child abuse charges.
But the man refused to come out of the house, GRPD Capt. Terry Dixon said. Negotiators were called in and spoke to the man on the phone. GRPD also activated its Special Response Team on the scene and was awaiting the Kent County Sheriff’s Department to bring its drone to help.
Eventually, the man came out of the house around 1 p.m. No one was hurt.
“Our negotiators did a good job of talking to him, keeping him on the phone, keeping him talking, engaged. Over time, we were able to just kind of peacefully talk to him about coming out,” Dixon aid. “He was very concerned about what the police would do to him. And we just talked him through the process.”
Dixon said an adult family member with a mental disability was in the home during the standoff but was not believed to be in danger.
The 8-year-old brought the loaded gun to Stocking Elementary on May 10. Another student reported it to staff, who soon confiscated it. No one was hurt. The Grand Rapids police chief said last week that the child’s father would be charged in the case. His name has not been released.
The Stocking case was the fourth similar instance this school year, prompting Grand Rapids Public Schools to ban backpacks for the remainder of the term.
Two women were previously charged after a 7-year-old student brought an unloaded gun to at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary in Grand Rapids on May 3. Police and prosecutors have emphasized that they are focusing on the children’s parents, not the kids, who are too young to be considered responsible for their actions under the law.
“This is in relation to holding parents accountable or holding adults accountable regarding weapons in school,” Dixon said. “We want to make sure that we keep our schools as safe as possible and we need our parents and guardians to make sure that kids do not have access to weapons.”