Police: Flint Township standoff ends after barricaded man surrenders

A barricaded gunman situation has police blocking off Maple Avenue at Pilgrim Road in Flint Township. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

The standoff on Maple Avenue at Pilgrim Road in Flint Township ended after six hours.

Families who lived nearby had to wait hours to return home due to a road block put up by police near the site of incident.

Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert says it started shortly after 4 P.M. on Wednesday when investigators were called to the home for a domestic disturbance. He says a 30-year-old man got into a dispute with his parents.

Sippert says the man barricaded himself into the garage before police were able to make contact with him. Investigators say the unidentified man told police he had a gun and explosives.

Officials say they called in the bomb squad and a negotiator. Burton Township Police, Michigan State Police and the fire department assisted the Flint Township Police Department.

Sippert say they were able to convince the 30 year old man to give up peacefully after hours of negotiation. No one was injured.

The man was taken into Flint Township Police custody.

Police say they wouldn’t allow nearby residents in for their own safety.

Sippert says they did not find a gun but they did find items that looked like a gun as well as household items that could be used as weapons.

Investigators say it is unclear if the suspect has any history of mental illness.

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