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GRPD: Homicide suspect in custody after hourslong standoff

Police had been communicating with the suspect throughout the morning.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A homicide suspect is in custody after a 7-hour long standoff on Grand Rapids' southeast side Wednesday morning. 

It started around 2:30 a.m., when a 45-year-old woman was shot and killed at a home in the area of Ottillia Street SE and Nelson Avenue SE. The suspect fled the area in a vehicle, which authorities located near Sigsbee Street NE and Benjamin Avenue SE.

Grand Rapids Police said the suspect, a 31-year-old man, barricaded himself inside a home in the area, which police said was his parent's house. At the time, police had not yet recovered the handgun that was used in the homicide and considered him armed.

Around 10:30 a.m., police said the Special Response Team was able to enter with a search warrant and confronted the suspect. The suspect was arrested inside of the house without incident. His charges are still pending. 

The suspect's parents were inside during the standoff but were not harmed or held against their will. Police said they will not face charges, as there was no indication they were trying to assist their son.

Neither the suspect nor the homicide victim's names were released by authorities. No other details about the homicide were released either.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Credit: Angela Cunningham / 13 OYS
Credit: Ken Ritz / 13 OYS
Police in the area of Sigsbee Street SE and Benjamin Avenue SE investigating a "critical incident."


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