BENZIE COUNTY, MI – Police were called to a scene in Elberta Wednesday evening, December 3rd, 2014 where a man with a history of mental health issues and drug problems had barricaded himself in a home.
Police and EMS were originally called to the scene in response to an overdose call.
When authorities arrived on the scene they say they heard three gunshots.
A Northern Michigan multi-jurisdictional Emergency Response Team, containing members of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies, responded when the man had barricaded himself inside of the residence. The man held authorities at bay for several hours with a high-powered gun.
After several hours of negotiations, the man complied with requests to exit the residence and gave himself up. Upon exiting the house he claimed to have planted explosives in his home. Bomb squads were called in to clear to structure.
The man was transported to Munson Medical Center where he is undergoing a mental health evaluation. The Benzie County Sheriff’s Department is handling this investigation.