Man arrested after more than 16-hour standoff near Spring Lake

Ottawa County

Authorities at the scene of a ‘critical incident’ at a nearby house in Spring Lake Township Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An armed suspect barricaded himself inside a house near Spring Lake for more than 16 hours Wednesday, prompting a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents.

The standoff happened at a house house on Palm Drive near Hoffmaster Drive in Spring Lake Township.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it started around 2 a.m. as an attempted traffic stop for a man wanted on a felony warrant. That led to a short pursuit with deputies. The man then went inside the house. A woman who is in a relationship with the suspect was inside the house but later exited unharmed around 6 a.m., according to Capt. Jake Sparks.

After hours of negotiations, the man gave himself up around 6:50 p.m. and was arrested. Neither he nor anyone else was hurt.

He now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, being a felon in possession of a firearm, felonious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, resisting and obstructing police and fleeing and eluding police. He will be charged as a habitual offender.

His name was not released Wednesday pending arraignment, which could happen as early as Thursday.

While the standoff was ongoing, residents along Palm Drive between Hoffmaster Drive and 7400 Palm Drive were asked to shelter in place in their homes. Palm Drive was closed. When the shelter-in-place was lifted Wednesday night, authorities thanked neighbors for their cooperation.

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