Van Buren Co. standoff suspect charged with 12 felonies

Jason Kohlhoff
Jason Kohlhoff is arraigned on June 15, 2016.


GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Van Buren County man is facing a dozen felony charges, including attempted murder, after allegedly shooting at Michigan State Police during a nearly 15-hour standoff.

“Can’t do what I’m supposed to, I guess. The system will take care of me,” Jason Kohlhoff, 41, said during his arraignment Wednesday,

He was formally charged with six counts of assault with intent to commit murder and six counts of felony firearm.

The charges are connected to a standoff that began around 11 a.m. Tuesday at a home near 60th Street and 4th Avenue in Geneva Township, about eight miles east of South Haven. A probable cause document stated Kohlhoff fired multiple rounds at an armored vehicle carrying five troopers and an emergency medical technician. Authorities said some of the shots hit the windshield right in front of where the driver sits.

A trooper said the team was trying to make contact with Kohlhoff during the standoff when Kohlhoff, armed with a long gun, began firing.

The standoff began shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, after a plainclothes detective went to the property to investigate allegations the suspect made threats against an Allegan County judge. The suspect became “extremely upset and agitated,” at which point he went inside, then came back out armed with a long gun. He fired a shot “in the general direction of the detective” and went back inside, MSP said.

The suspect opened fire four times during the standoff, prompting officers to respond with gunfire of their own. No one was hurt.

The dispute ended around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday when the suspect agreed to surrender after talking with a Van Buren County deputy he knew.

At some point during the standoff, authorities ripped away the front wall of Kohlhoff’s house. Wednesday, a bedroom was visible from the street.

“I just wanted to know how I wrap up all the loose ends at my home?” he asked in court.

It’s an unusual home with solar panels on the roof. Police say he had wired it in a sort of off-the-grid setup.

Wednesday, the MSP Bomb Squad returned to the home, where police said they found 12 firearms and a large quantity of ammunition.

Kohlhoff’s family left the hearing in tears. He remains in the Van Buren County Jail on a $3,250,000 bond. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

24 Hour News 8 could not find a criminal history for Kohlhoff before the standoff.

–24 Hour News 8’s Leon Hendrix contributed to this report.

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