Man, 57, in custody following barricaded gunman situation in Harper Woods

Some Harper Woods residents initially asked to shelter in place Thursday morning

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HARPER WOODS, Mich. – A man, 57, is in police custody after barricading himself inside a Harper Woods home early Thursday morning.

Harper Woods police say that as of 8:52 a.m. Thursday, a barricaded gunman situation in the 20800 block of Lochmoor Street has ended peacefully. Residents of the neighborhood, which is near Harper Avenue and Vernier Road, were initially asked to shelter in place in their basements Thursday morning amid the ongoing situation.

According to authorities, the man in custody was involved in a verbal altercation with family members at the Harper Woods home at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. Once the altercation escalated, the man reportedly fired a long gun inside the home while other family members were inside.

Officials say all family members were able to safely exit the home before authorities arrived. No one was injured by the shot fired, officials said.

The man reportedly walked outside while officers were speaking with the other family members, and ran back inside once he saw the officers. Officials say the doors to the home were then found to be locked, and the windows were covered. After several attempts to communicate with the man, officers declared a barricaded situation.

Crisis negotiators were working to establish contact with the barricaded man to peacefully resolve the situation.

Police say the man has now been taken into custody, and that no one was hurt in the incident.

No other details have been released at this time.

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