Suspect apprehended after hours-long standoff

ROTHBURY, MICH. - UPDATE: 

A 34-year-old Oceana County man was safely apprehended by police following an hours-long standoff in the area of 88th Avenue Monday, Nov. 13.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police were in a standoff with the wanted suspect who was possibly armed near the Oceana Shores subdivision. No one was injured in the incident, said Sgt. Charles Hockanson. The area was expected to remain blocked for at least an hour following the suspect’s apprehension so police can conduct a search warrant, he said. MSP contacted OCP shortly before 3:30 p.m., stating that he had been captured.

Post Commander, F/Lt. Jeff White said there are no hostages.

The suspect was wanted on felony warrants, White said.

MSP, which was assisted by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and the Rothbury Police Department, had 88th Avenue blockaded from Winston Road to Cleveland Road for several hours.

Parents of Montague schoolchildren who live in the area had to pick up their youngsters at the Rothbury Community Church.

“We don’t want to walk away from this guy,” White said prior to his capture. “We want to make sure we get him.”

The suspect was holed up in a residence, refusing to come out. Police negotiated with him to surrender.

Police are not releasing the suspect’s name until his he is formally arraigned.

ORIGINAL STORY: Troopers from the Michigan State Police are in a standoff with a wanted suspect who may be armed in the area of 88th Avenue near the Oceana Shores subdivision Monday, Nov. 13.

Post Commander F/Lt. Jeff White said no one is injured, and there are no hostages.

The suspect, who is a 34-year-old Oceana County man, is wanted on felony warrants, White said.

MSP, which is being assisted by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and the Rothbury Police Department, has 88th Avenue blocked off to traffic beginning at Winston Road.

“We don’t want to walk away from this guy,” White said. “We want to make sure we get him.”

The suspect is holed up in a residence, refusing to come out. Police are negotiating with him to surrender.

“Time is on our side,” White said.

As of 1:15 p.m., White did not know if the road blockade will interrupt school bus traffic later this afternoon, but is hopeful the scene will be cleared by then.

OCP will provide further updates when available.

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