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    Suspected gunman in barricaded situation, carjacking in Holly Township found dead; woman in custody

    Authorities say suspects stole vehicle from woman who was with her grandchildren

    HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A barricaded situation in Holly Township came to an end early Wednesday morning.

    Michigan State Police and Oakland County deputies surrounded a Holly Township home Tuesday night after two people barricaded themselves following a police pursuit.

    Authorities said the two people were wanted for carjacking a woman who was with her grandchildren earlier Tuesday in Monroe County. They were identified as 40-year-old Michelle Holladay and 39-year-old William Lanham, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

    Police said the couple barricaded themselves in a home on East Maple Street in Holly Township.

    State police said a tipster called 911 and reported a man and woman in a stolen minivan. The caller spotted the vehicle entering a rest area on northbound I-75 before Holly Road.

    After troopers attempted a traffic stop, the couple fled, exiting off the freeway and crashing the vehicle before running into an occupied home.

    The homeowners were released unharmed, police said.

    State police said neighbors in the area had been evacuated and urged others to remain inside their homes until the situation has been resolved.

    According to MSP, the woman surrendered to troopers and was taken into police custody. Authorities said the man fired shots at police and remained inside the home.

    Police said a bomb squad robot was sent inside the home early Wednesday morning after they received no response from the suspected gunman. Authorities said the robot found the body of the male suspect, who appeared to have died from a gun shot wound.

    The area will remain closed amid an investigation.

    Original report: MSP: Homeowners asked to shelter in place due to barricaded gunman situation in Holly Township


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