ALLENDALE CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who barricaded himself in a home in Allendale Township is dead and his mother who was held hostage is safe after a standoff that lasted nearly 12 hours, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 8:40 p.m. Friday, deputies with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the area of Vail Avenue near Boyne Boulevard after receiving reports that an armed man was making homicidal comments.

Responding deputies reported that a 37-year-old man was inside the home and was believed to be armed. A 56-year-old woman, who has been identified as his mother, was also in the home and was being held against her will.

Neighbors in the immediate area were evacuated and a perimeter was set up.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Critical Response Team and Crisis Negotiators were communicating with the man.

Around 8:30 a.m., the man exited the house with the hostage and exchanged gunfire with the tactical units on scene, the sheriff’s office said. He then went back inside and the woman was removed from the scene. She was reunited with her family.

When deputies went inside the home, the man was found dead.

The investigation into the shooting and cause of death is being handled by the Michigan State Police.

The sheriff’s office said there is no immediate threat to the public.

It’s unclear what led up to the hostage situation.

The standoff and shooting remain under investigation.