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ALLEN PARK: Man barricaded in home after shooting police is dead

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ALLEN PARK: Man barricaded in home after shooting police is dead
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The News Herald (thenewsherald.com), The Voice of Downriver

ALLEN PARK: Man barricaded in home after shooting police is dead

Friday, May 22, 2009

By Rene Cizio, Jackie Harrison-Martin & Jason Alley

ALLEN PARK — A barricaded gunman, who police say shot and injured a police officer Friday afternoon, is dead.

Police Chief Dean Tamsen said the gunman died from a single gunshot wound. It's unknown at this time whether that shot was fired by police or was self-inflicted, Tamsen said, adding that the man had several weapons inside his house.

A Michigan State Police robot was sent into the house on Anne Street near Southfield and Allen roads to determine if there was any activity. After sensing none, officers went in and confirmed the man was dead.

The ordeal began at about 1 p.m. when the gunman, whise name was not released, fired hundreds of shots at police, slightly injuring one officer.

He opened fire on Officer Ron Huggins and 24th District Court Officer Nathan LaVoy as they were attempting to serve a warrant.

Huggins was struck in the forehead, chest, arms and inside the nostrils with some form of small-game pellets, police said.

Huggins was taken to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn for treatment. His condition did not appear to be life threatening, authorities said.

At one point, shots were heard non-stop from the gunman’s house as officers with the police Special Weapons and Tactics team and Michigan State Police surrounded the house.

Allen Park Detective James Wilkewitz said all of the shots being fired were by the gunman and were still ringing out well past an hour into the standoff. At that point, the detective said police had not fired at him.

Neighbor Curtis McGuire, who resides a few houses down from the gunman, was on his cell phone relaying information to officers outside.

McGuire said he could see officers lying on the front lawn taking aim at the gunman. Sharpshooters were positioned in the alley.

Kevin Bazi, an employee at D and M Oil Lube, 5533 Allen Road, said he was stunned when the first shots sounded.

“We were working and heard shots fired,” he said. “We looked outside and saw a police car parked in the front of the house. We saw shots hitting the ground in front of cops while they were taking cover behind cars.”

McGuire said the gunman is about 6 feet 3 inches tall and lives alone. He said the man frequently walks up and down the street smoking a cigar.

As the standoff continued, residents and news media were cleared from the street, and then moved back even farther as shrapnel flew through the area.

The state police are conducting an investigation.

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