Source: Theft investigation leads to standoff northeast of Muskegon

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DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for a suspect following a standoff in rural Muskegon County Sunday night.

Police surrounded a home in the area of Staple and E. Bard roads around 7 p.m. in Dalton Township, between Muskegon and Twin Lake. The road there was blocked off.

Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 Monday that authorities were looking a person wanted on a felony weapon offense warrant and believed he was in the abandoned house.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the suspect took off as police confronted him leading them on a brief chase before ditching his car. Officers feared the man may be dangerous and suspected he barricaded inside of a home in the area, the source said.

The 24 Hour News 8 crew on the scene heard a loud sound and then authorities attempting to speak to someone over a megaphone around midnight. A siren was going off periodically throughout the night.

A tactical team entered the home and didn’t find anyone. Authorities have not released a description of the suspect at this time.

A tow truck marked “Eagle Towing Off Road Recovery” was on scene hauling away one of its off-road, bulldozer-type pieces of equipment from the scene. The off road vehicle was there to remove the suspect vehicle and a police cruiser that had reportedly gotten stuck in the woods, a source said.

MSP told 24 Hour News 8 that authorities cleared the scene around 2 a.m. Monday.

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