WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The man at the center of an hourslong standoff at the Ramblewood Apartment complex in Wyoming was found dead inside of the apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Kent County sheriff’s officials said.
Police were called to the scene Saturday afternoon and tried to engage with a man who may be connected to a double homicide investigation in northern Kent County.
The death investigation began after deputies went to the home in the 10000 block of Rooksby Street around noon on Saturday on a well-being check.
Before authorities arrived, a family member had entered the home and found a body. When officers entered, they found a second body. A dog was also found dead at the scene.
Shortly after getting to the scene, investigators developed a person of interest who was believed to be hiding in the Wyoming apartment.
Wyoming police attempted to make contact with the person, who refused to cooperate and wouldn’t come out of the apartment, police said.
Authorities have determined there were three hostages in the apartment with the person of interest, who have been identified as the suspect’s wife and children, ages 4 and 2. All three have been safely removed from the apartment and are speaking with investigators.
Shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said the standoff had ended after police entered the apartment and found the suspect’s body. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
His potential connection to the deaths Saturday remained under investigation though police have named him as the main suspect in the homicide investigations. The names of the people involved have not yet been released.