Man peacefully surrenders after 8-hour standoff with police on Detroit’s east side

‘I never thought my uncle would try to kill me’

DETROITDetroit police were on the scene of a barricaded gunman situation on the city’s east side near East Warren Avenue and Maryland Street on Sunday.

A barricaded gunman situation ended peacefully after an eight-hour standoff in Detroit.

The man involved in the situation surrendered to the police Sunday evening.

Nigel Jackson, 18, says it all started when his uncle pulled a gun on him and his sister.

“It was very scary. It was alarming because I never thought my uncle would try to kill me. When he pulled out the gun, I was like wow. This is real life, it was just crazy,” Nigel explained. “He believes that he is God and satan at the same time. And he doesn’t really even like this holiday. He doesn’t want anybody to celebrate Christmas.”

It was a race against the clock for negotiators and crisis intervention team members to diffuse the situation.

At one point a child was still inside but was taken to safety.

We’ve been told by another family member that the man who was inside the house has known mental health issues.

“This is their fourth or fifth time coming out here about this situation. I really hope they do something about it this time. It’s been an ongoing situation and I just wanna stop to come to this situation,” said the suspect’s uncle, Bernard Jackson.

“It’s a serious thing because I could have died today. I was about to die today and I’m happy and thankful that I got out in time,” said Nigel.

Police officers spent hours negotiating with the man to come out.

“If you can hear the words of my voice, we just want to get you some help. We don’t want anyone hurt. That’s all we want. We want you to be able to enjoy Christmas and many others. Whatever the future has for you. Please come out. We just want this situation to end peacefully,” said Detroit Deputy Police Chief, Franklin Hayes.

We’re told the man has a mental illness that doesn’t allow him to legally own a handgun.

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