Man surrenders after nearly 9-hour standoff with police in van outside Southwest Detroit home

Bailiffs were trying to evict 67-year-old man from home, police say

DETROIT – A 67-year-old man has surrendered after a standoff in a van that lasted nearly nine hours behind his Detroit home.

The man barricaded himself in the van after being shot by officers for pointing a long gun at them on the city's southwest side, police said.

Detroit police Cmdr. Elvin Barren said bailiffs arrived at the man's home around 2 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of Wheelock Street and W. Lafayette Boulevard.

When the bailiffs tried to serve the man an eviction notice, he called 911 and reported that he wanted police to get the men out of his home, Barren said.

Police responded to the man's home and found him outside in the backyard. The man pointed a long gun at officers and police opened fire, hitting the man in the rear, Barren said.

The man retreated into a van parked in the backyard. He was barricaded inside the van, police said. Officials were negotiating with him over the phone.

Barren said the man told officers he is injured, but the bleeding has stopped. He told police he doesn't feel any pain, just tingling. Officers told him there are EMS officials on scene that can treat him, but the man said he isn't ready to come out yet.

Police said the man is armed with two long guns inside the van.

The man told officers he doesn't want to die and that he will come out of the van when he's ready. He said he wouldn't be an issue for residents in the area.

Police originally reported that the man had fired shots at some point during the incident, but have since said the man only pointed a long gun at officers.

Michigan State Police troopers, Detroit police officers and Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials were at the scene.

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