Source: Theft investigation leads to standoff northeast of Muskegon

Dalton Township, Staple Road, E. Bard Road
The scene of an incident at Staple and E. Bard roads in Dalton Township. (Nov. 5, 2017)

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for a suspect following a standoff in rural Muskegon County Sunday night.

Police surrounded a home in the area of Staple and E. Bard roads around 7 p.m. in Dalton Township, between Muskegon and Twin Lake. The road there was blocked off.

Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 Monday that authorities were looking a person wanted on a felony weapon offense warrant and believed he was in the abandoned house.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the suspect took off as police confronted him leading them on a brief chase before ditching his car. Officers feared the man may be dangerous and suspected he barricaded inside of a home in the area, the source said.

The 24 Hour News 8 crew on the scene heard a loud sound and then authorities attempting to speak to someone over a megaphone around midnight. A siren was going off periodically throughout the night.

A tactical team entered the home and didn’t find anyone. Authorities have not released a description of the suspect at this time.

A tow truck marked “Eagle Towing Off Road Recovery” was on scene hauling away one of its off-road, bulldozer-type pieces of equipment from the scene. The off road vehicle was there to remove the suspect vehicle and a police cruiser that had reportedly gotten stuck in the woods, a source said.

MSP told 24 Hour News 8 that authorities cleared the scene around 2 a.m. Monday.