Kent County

Standoff suspect shouts at police, hit with bean bags

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A domestic violence suspect is in custody after he refused to give himself up to police as they surrounded a Wyoming home Wednesday evening, taunting them and shouting profanities.

The standoff began around 4 p.m. at a home on Roos Avenue off Burton Street SW, west of Clyde Park Avenue. Roos, a dead-end street. Shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday, the man was in custody and no one was hurt.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety says the suspect was believed to be armed with a long gun.

Over the course of a few hours, the man kept coming out of the house, but not to surrender. Instead, he would yell at officers. He told them he didn't do anything wrong, swore at them and at one point demanded they shoot him.

At one point, officers fired what appeared to be nonlethal bean bag rounds at the man. As he retreated back into the house, they told him they weren't leaving.

Later, the suspect told police to be quiet after officers set off a flash-bang and then blared their sirens.

Neighbors said a fight involving a gun or guns prompted the incident.

Standing in the bitter cold, officers had their guns drawn and an armored vehicle was called in.

Neighbors on the street were told not to leave their homes.


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