Suspect in custody after standoff in Mendon

MENDON — A man who was involved in a car crash in downtown Three Rivers last week was arrested following a standoff in Mendon Saturday evening.

According to St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite, deputies were originally called to a house in the 200 block of Lane Avenue in Mendon around 7 p.m. for a report of an alleged domestic assault. Lillywhite said deputies originally entered the house to talk to the possible suspect, but police observed the suspect “fidgeting” with a safe and saw bullets on the floor. Officers left the house, and shots were reportedly fired from the home. No officers were reportedly injured.

The situation then turned into a standoff between police and the suspect, identified by Lillywhite as Terrell Reese, the same person who police say was involved in a car crash into a building in downtown Three Rivers in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 10. Reese was reportedly injured in the crash, and was still injured at the time of the standoff.

At just before midnight, police deployed tear gas into the house, and Reese was taken into custody just after midnight. Reese was then transported by LifeCare ambulance to Sturgis Hospital for treatment of his crash injuries, where Lillywhite said he would be treated and released into police custody for lodging at the St. Joseph County Jail.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by Michigan State Police, White Pigeon Police Department, Three Rivers Police Department, Sturgis Police Department, and Colon Police Department.

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