Suspect asleep during GR standoff; alcohol possible factor

Police standoff with barricaded gunman inside home located on Nelson Ave. in Grand Rapids. (March 8, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have a suspect in custody following a hourslong standoff at a home in Grand Rapids.

Police were called to a home in the 2000 block of Nelson Ave. SE near Burton on a report of a domestic assault around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

A short time later, officers were told that a 63-year-old man had armed himself with a gun and was refusing to come out of the house.

A 53-year-old woman who called 911 was able to get out of the house immediately, while the suspect’s female cousin came out hours later.

Police attempted to make contact with the suspect for more than five hours. They later discovered he had fallen asleep in the basement. When he finally woke up, he walked out the front door and was taken into custody without incident around 9 a.m.

Police believe alcohol may have been a factor.

No one was injured in the standoff.

A large police presence was seen outside the home including a SWAT team which arrived on scene just before 5 a.m.

Police asked area residents to stay inside their homes and others to avoid the area until the standoff was over.

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