Individual hospitalized after 'mental health' response blockades traffic in Ann Arbor
Police responded in numbers to the scene of a mental health issue on New Year's Eve in Ann Arbor, making it the second such incident in the city this holiday season.
Ann Arbor Police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said only that police responded to a mental health issue near Packard and Eisenhower and that "someone was taken to the hospital." The individual did not harm anyone, she said.
Two readers emailed AnnArbor.com overnight asking about a sizable police presence that blocked traffic at Packard and Eisenhower and made for tricky navigating.
Lee Stutesman, who lives near the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti border, said she was driving home with her kids around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when she encountered the blockade.
"They had the side roads gated off, I was having trouble getting home," she said. "I had the kids with me and every time I tried to get on Packard, I couldn't."
Another reader who said he was driving home around 1 a.m. reported seeing "what looked like a SWAT team" near a bank on the corner, "a group of officers and several vehicles, including what looked like an armored carrier on a flatbed."
On Dec. 23, police, a SWAT team and crisis negotiators used flash bang grenades to end a daylong standoff with a suicidal man in the Chapel Hill neighborhood of northeast Ann Arbor.