GRPD: Man surrenders after hourslong standoff


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —  Grand Rapids police say a man has peacefully surrendered after an hourslong standoff at a home on More Street near College Avenue NE.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said the situation started shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday when a witness called 911 and said the man had fired a gun into the ground near College Avenue and Shirley Street NE.

Officers spotted the armed man around 11 p.m. Police said the man appeared to be suicidal and ignored officers commands, walking to the 400 block of More Street NE, where he forced his way into a duplex house.

Officers said a family of two adults and two children that were inside the unit the man broke into were safely evacuated. However, police on scene said they had to go in to rescue an adult couple in the other unit.

Officers said the man fired at least four rounds at two different times, but it’s unclear who or what he was shooting at.

Police said the only person left in the home at that time was 27-year-old Darrell Jones, who surrendered just after 6 a.m. Friday and was taken into custody without incident.

No one was injured and no shots were fired by officers.

The man was evaluated by medical workers at the scene.

Friday night, GRPD said Jones is facing six felony charges:

Darrell Jones’ 2015 mug shot.
  • first-degree home invasion;
  • discharge of a firearm in or at a building;
  • carrying a concealed weapon;
  • possession of a firearm by a felon
  • police animal injured/harassed while committing a crime;
  • and felony firearm.

His arraignment is scheduled for Saturday.

Officers asked everyone in the 400 block of More Street and the neighboring community to stay in their homes during the standoff. Officers were taking down the caution tape at 6:48 a.m. and the roadway was expected to reopen shortly thereafter.