'We thought someone was going to get shot': Father protects family from man with handgun


    Warren Chamberlain and his family were out snowmobiling Sunday when a man, Michael Young, threatened them with a loaded handgun. (Warren Chamberlain)

    CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A man who stepped in front of a loaded gun to protect his family is being called a hero.

    It happened Sunday evening while the family was out snowmobiling near Black Mountain Recreational Area in Cheboygan.

    “Every one of the kids, my wife, my sister thought, at least, one of us was probably going to get shot."

    Warren Chamberlain was out riding with his family when he says a snowmobiler he didn't recognize cut off their group.

    “I didn’t know what was going on because I was in the rear of the pack with my daughter," said Chamberlain. "We were about 10 seconds behind everyone and I came up to the 12-year-old."

    That 12-year-old was Chamberlain's nephew, who he jumped in front of to face the man with the gun.

    “It was right in my face, I could almost read the serial numbers on the gun," said Chamberlain. “I just told him that I’m going to turn around and tell these kids to leave and if you’re going to shoot somebody you’re going to shoot me in the back.”

    His family was able to ride away safely and call 911.

    "Every one of us there saw the fire in the guy's eyes and were scared terribly. So, I can't imagine what my family thought when they left me there."

    After investigating, deputies arrested the man, 60-year-old Michael Young, who they say admitted to having the handgun and was upset the snowmobilers were trespassing.

    “Brandishing a weapon like this in this type of case is absolutely the wrong way to handle it, those individuals didn’t even know they were trespassing, you know, thank God it de-escalated from there,” said Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont.

    Young is now charged with two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of felony firearm and one misdemeanor charge of reckless operation of a snowmobile.

    “If you have a trespassing or any kind of confrontation with someone where you can walk away from it, walk away from it, call 911 and let law enforcement handle the situation," said Clarmont.

    Young is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

    He is expected back in court February 25.

    News In Photos

      Loading ...