Man in custody after barricading himself inside home with a gun
One man was taken into custody Monday after barricading himself inside a home in Evart.
Evart Police said a husband and wife had been fighting. The wife came by Monday morning with family members and a police escort to get her belongings.
"It escalated later on in the afternoon," said Evart Police Chief Kendra Backing. "The family had left. The wife had left. The suspect, I believe, had begun to dwell on the situation and was very upset."
A few hours later, the husband called a local pastor to help him talk through things.
When the pastor arrived, police said the husband was suicidal and brought out a stolen gun. The pastor called 911, but the connection was lost.
"All that could be heard was the pastor saying to put the gun down. The connection was lost at that point. Our department responded, so we knew that we had an active, barricaded gunman situation," said Backing.
Michigan State Police, the Osceola County Sheriff's Department, Evart Police and the Evart Fire Department came to the scene on the 400 block of S. Hemlock. They evacuated nearby homes.
A negotiator spoke with the gunman, who came out peacefully. No shots were fired.
"I think in these situations there's always the potential for danger so we take every precaution that we can because you never know how the situation could end. Sometimes they end within minutes, sometimes they last for hours. And in this case, like I said earlier, we're just glad that it ended peacefully where no one was hurt," said Backing.
The gunman was taken into custody. His arraignment is pending a mental health evaluation.
Investigators said the pastor was not held against his will, so they are not calling this a â??hostageâ?? situation. They are not releasing the names of those involved at this time.