GRPD: Homicide suspect in custody after standoff

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a homicide suspect is in custody after a seven hour long standoff in southeast Grand Rapids Wednesday morning.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said the suspect, a 31-year-old man, was in custody in connection to the shooting death of a 45-year-old woman that happened just before 2:30 a.m. in the area of Ottillia Street SE and Nelson Avenue SE, north of Alger Street SE.

The relationship between the suspect and victim is unknown at this time.

Sgt. John Wittkowski said the suspect drove away from the scene of the homicide to his elderly parent’s home on Sigsbee Street. His parents were also inside the home, police say,

Police then surrounded a house near the intersection of Sigsbee Street SE and Benjamin Avenue SE.

SWAT teams, heavily armed officers and the departments crisis negotiation team communicated with the suspect for hours to ensure a peaceful resolution to this standoff. 

Authorities on the scene of an incident near the intersection Sigsbee Street SE and Benjamin Avenue SE in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.
Authorities on the scene of an incident near the intersection Sigsbee Street SE and Benjamin Avenue SE in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.

Wittkowski said the investigation is ongoing but the suspect has been brought in for questioning.

Witnesses of the homicide are cooperating with investigators, according to Wittkowski.

No further details surrounding the shooting, including the woman’s name, have been released.

Wednesday’s morning’s homicide brings the city’s total so far this year to 31, which is more than 2018 and 2019 combined.

Anyone with information is asked to contact GRPD at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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