Police and SWAT teams on scene of apparent barricade situation in Ann Arbor
This story has been updated: Standoff between suicidal armed man, police has ended
Police, crisis negotiators and a SWAT crew were still on the scene Sunday afternoon of a standoff situation that has barricaded a condominium development on the city's northeast side, where a suicidal man was reportedly threatening officers.
Photo submitted by Dennis Skupinski
The man alluded to possessing a weapon, but police did not enter the basement where he was located, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said.
"We'll call it a barricaded subject at this point," Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Mike Scherba said. At the time there was no known hostage.
"He made mention that he had a gun. But officers couldn't confirm that," Scherba said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office SWAT and negotiations teams are on the scene, Scherba said, and the AAPD has a command officer on location.
Police have released little information about the incident. Scherba told the Detroit Free Press that police were directed downstairs by the man's mother, where the man is holed up. He reportedly threatened to shoot any officer who approached him and said he wanted to end his own life.
Scherba said earlier that no shots had been fired.
Jackson said the situation has been contained and that negotiations have progressed.
"It went from having very limited contact to being able to talk to him, so there's been some progress, but it can be a long drawn-out process to get someone to come outside," he said.
Photos submitted to AnnArbor.com and uploaded to Flickr by Dennis Skubinski show a sizable police and SWAT team presence, some with guns drawn.
Skubinski, who lives in Chapel Hill not far from the subject's home, said he first began wandering around shooting photos of the incident around 8:30 a.m. Police have since told neighbors to avoid wandering around in certain areas.
"Everybody just can't believe what's going on," Skubinski said. "Another guy was out shooting pictures, but most people are just staying indoors."
Laurie, a woman who lives across the cul de sac from the subject's home and did not want her last name used, said the neighborhood association have told residents the subject may be visiting the home, not a resident.
She said police are letting residents leave only through the far end of Burbank Drive and forcing them to walk part of the way back if they return. The southern end of Burbank, at Green Road, has been closed off to traffic.
AnnArbor.com will update this story as more information becomes available.