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Sterling Heights man arrested in standoff months after police found 38 guns, silencers at his home

Muzaffer Alzand arrested after armed standoff at Sterling Heights home

Muzaffer Alzand surrenders after a standoff at his Sterling Heights home, where police found dozens of firearms while serving a search warrant in May. (WDIV)
Muzaffer Alzand surrenders after a standoff at his Sterling Heights home, where police found dozens of firearms while serving a search warrant in May. (WDIV)

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A Sterling Heights man was arrested during an armed standoff Thursday, months after police found silencers, silencer parts, a machine gun and dozens of other firearms while searching his home, officials said.

Guns found at Sterling Heights home

On May 9, Sterling Heights police searched the home of Muzaffer Alzand in the 4200 block of Angeline Drive in connection with an assault investigation.

Alzand, 44, had been arrested on an assault charge in May, and he is currently under a protective order prohibiting him from owning firearms, police said.

During the search, police found a Glock 17 handgun with a Glock switch attached, a gold silencer, two black silencers, a bag containing six silencer parts and 37 additional firearms, according to authorities.

A heavy police presence was called to the home of a Sterling Heights man accused of having dozens of unregistered guns and silencers. (WDIV)
A heavy police presence was called to the home of a Sterling Heights man accused of having dozens of unregistered guns and silencers. (WDIV)

According to the ATF Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division lab, the Glock 17 model with the Glock switch meets the federal definition of a machine gun.

A silencer is also considered a firearm, officials said.

The firearms and silencers are required to be registered to the person in possession of them and were not registered to Alzand, according to police.

Alzand was charged Wednesday with multiple federal firearms violations.

Man arrested after standoff

Sterling Heights police were called to Alzand's home Thursday on reports of threats being made and shots being fired.

Armed Sterling Heights police officers were involved in a standoff at a home on Angeline Drive near Ryan Road on Oct. 4, 2018. (WDIV)
Armed Sterling Heights police officers were involved in a standoff at a home on Angeline Drive near Ryan Road on Oct. 4, 2018. (WDIV)
A standoff between police and a barricaded man took place Oct. 4, 2018, on Angeline Drive in Sterling Heights. (WDIV)
A standoff between police and a barricaded man took place Oct. 4, 2018, on Angeline Drive in Sterling Heights. (WDIV)

Local 4 cameras captured video of the barricaded situation near the corner of Angeline Drive and Ryan Road.

Alzand is accused of threatening to shoot a bail bondsman who came to his door Thursday morning. The bondsman told police he put up Alzand's $300,000 bond and wasn't being paid. He said when he went to Azland's home, threats were made to shoot him and others.

"The subject made threats to the bondman that he was going to shoot him if he came in to apprehend him," Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said. "The bondman backed away and called 911."

Alzand was eventually talked into surrendering Thursday morning. He came out of the house and was taken into custody, police said.

Muzaffer Alzand was arrested Oct. 4, 2018, after a standoff at his Sterling Heights home. (WDIV)
Muzaffer Alzand was arrested Oct. 4, 2018, after a standoff at his Sterling Heights home. (WDIV)

A man and a woman were also removed from the home. Police said they are co-workers at Alzand's masonry business. They are considered witnesses.

A man (left) and woman (right) were also removed from the Sterling Heights home after the standoff. (WDIV)
A man (left) and woman (right) were also removed from the Sterling Heights home after the standoff. (WDIV)

Full criminal complaint

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