Standoff at Century Terrance spurred by eviction notice

MANISTEE — A standoff between police and a resident of Century Terrace in Manistee was the result of an eviction notice on Friday afternoon.

The situation began around 12:19 p.m., and ended around 3:30 p.m. when responders used a Taser to subdue the man, and take him into custody.

“That was the only use of force,” said Manistee County Sheriff Dale Kowalkowski.

Manistee County sheriff’s deputies and the resident manager of the apartment building were serving the eviction notice, and were met at the door by the tenant who was wielding two butcher knives, he said.

The eviction notice was served around 12:19 p.m. Friday, and the situation quickly escalated, he said.

“He’s barricaded himself in his room, and he’s threatening anyone who comes to the door with the knives,” Kowalkowski said around 3:20 p.m. “As far as I know, there’s no firearms in there.”

Prior to 3:30 p.m., a negotiator was attempting to talk the resident, who cannot be named at this time, out of the room where he had barricaded himself, Kowalkowski said.

“It was going nowhere,” he said, after the standoff was over.

Around 3:30 p.m., it was determined that the best course of action was to breach the door, and take the individual into custody, according to a release from the Manistee City Police.

The man had moved away from the door at that time.

“They breached the door and encountered the individual backed into the corner of his kitchen with two large knives in his hands crossed across his chest,” said Manistee City Police Chief David Bachman in the release. “He refused verbal commands to drop the weapons. Officers used the Taser on him and he dropped the weapons and was taken into custody.”

The tenant has a history of mental illness, and has been transported to West Shore Medical Center for a mental evaluation, Kowalkowski said. Upon entry to the room, the man was arrested on charges of felonious assault, resisting and opposing arrest and obstruction of justice.

Plans are to lodge him in Manistee County Jail and arraign him on Monday, pending results of the mental evaluation, he said.

“We are grateful for the inter-agency cooperation that led to a peaceful resolution to this potentially violent event,” Bachman said.

Responders to the situation were from the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, Manistee City Police Department, Cadillac Police Department, Wexford County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office, most of which are all part of the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force emergency response team.

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