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Alger County police standoff ends without injury


ALGER COUNTY, MI— A Rock River Township man caused a six-hour standoff with police after deputies tried to serve him an Order for Transport/Examination for a psychological evaluation on Friday.

Around 12:30 p.m. the deputies approached the 44-year-old man’s residence, but the man resisted and tried to go back into his house. He hit one of the deputies with a piece of rebar when the officer deployed a taser. The second deputy tried to gain control of the suspect, who was only minimally affected by the taser. The man broke free and got into the residence, then grabbed a long gun and pointed it at the second deputy from inside the house. The deputy recoiled and fell off the porch in an attempt to put distance between them.

Both officers retreated to a safe location and called for assistance.

Michigan State Police troopers, the MSP Emergency Support Team, and additional deputies from the Alger County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

The suspect remained in the house until about 6:30, when he fled and was captured by the Emergency Support Team. He was taken to UPHS-Marquette for evaluation.

No names are being released at this time.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.