Three Rivers standoff suspect surrenders

Southwest Michigan

THREE RIVERS, Mich. (WOOD) — His arms above his head, a suspect gave himself up to police Tuesday evening following a four-hour standoff in Three Rivers.

Police from multiple agencies had blocked off a stretch of 5th Avenue between Portage Avenue and the Portage River while they negotiated with the suspect, who was holed up in a home and believed to be armed.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough told News 8 that the situation started with an altercation when someone went to the home to pick something up. Shots were fired, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Police could be heard using a bullhorn to tell the suspect to come out, which he did just before 7 p.m.

A crowd of neighbors gathered outside the police barricade to watch what was happening, ignoring social distancing guidelines. They began clapping and cheering as officers in tactical gear converged on the suspect.

“Today is one of those really scary days, but everyone’s safe,” McDonough said.

The suspect was taken to the jail and is expected to face charges, though precisely what those charges will be is not yet known.

—News 8’s Leon Hendrix contributed to this report.

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