Howard Twp. standoff resolved peacefully
HOWARD TOWNSHIP — A 32-year-old Howard Township man was lodged at the Cass County Jail on two charges of felonious assault and one charge of driving on a suspended license following a standoff Tuesday, Nov. 1, according to the Michigan State Police Niles Post.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, troopers responded to a call of a driver who intentionally struck two women with his vehicle while in Howard Township. After striking and causing minor injury, the man, whose name is being withheld pending arraignment, left the scene. From information provided by the victims, a suspect was developed and troopers located him and his vehicle at his residence in the 28000 block of M-60. Initial contact with the suspect through a window into his living room failed when he would not communicate with troopers and retreated to a non-visible area of the residence. Several additional attempts to communicate with the suspect were ignored.
After obtaining intelligence that the suspect was in possession of weapons, troopers requested additional resources to assist in safely interacting with the suspect. The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team and negotiators responded shortly after 11:20 p.m. Throughout the night, the suspect would not respond to continued attempts of communication by law enforcement and would only communicate with family and friends. M-60 was blocked from Pine Lake St. to Dailey to allow for traveling motorists to safely maneuver around the situation.
At 9 a.m., through continued cooperation by family and friends, the suspect peacefully stepped out of his residence and surrendered to the Emergency Support Team members.
Further review by the Cass County Prosecutors Office is pending.