Police defuse situation with mentally ill man who was armed with butcher knives
By Sarah Wojcik
Posted June 14, 2017
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At approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, a 38-year-old Shelby Township man, who police found armed with butcher knives, broke into his parents’ home at Roma Valley Apartments, located near 22 Mile and Shelby roads, police said.
Lt. Jeff Daniel said that at the time of the break-in, the man’s parents were at the Shelby Township Police Department because their son, who is mentally ill, had been making threats against them and they were concerned.
Daniel said police spotted the man through a window in his parents’ apartment holding a butcher knife in each hand. Daniel said police had previous contacts with the man, and the man’s parents had been scared of him in the past.
“He’s had different mental impairments, and we put him through LEIN (Law Enforcement Information Network) in the past,” Daniel said. “He was agitated and throwing stuff at the officers.”
Daniel said the man made threats against himself and the police officers, saying that he would use the knives to inflict injury and that he would set the apartment building on fire. Police evacuated the apartment building and advised people to avoid the area.
“We just went apartment to apartment and evacuated the building and secured the scene. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office showed up, along with the Michigan State Police. It was right at the day-shift change,” Daniel said. “We kept talking to him. He decided to give himself up, and we took him for a mental evaluation.”
Police took the man into custody without incident at approximately 6:50 a.m., and he was transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for treatment. Police cleared residents to return to their homes.
“He’s just somebody who is sick and needs help,” Daniel said. “He was committed to the hospital. I’m just glad nobody got hurt.”
About the author
Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News. Sarah has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Oakland University. She has won four Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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