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TAWAS TOWNSHIP, MI – On December 1st, 2020, at approximately 4:40pm.,troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to an address on Townline Road in Iosco County’s Tawas Township for a report of a man holding a gun to a woman’s head while keeping her in the house against her will.

Upon arrival, troopers were able to briefly convince the 31-year old man to come outside of the residence to speak with them. The woman, identified as the suspect’s mother, was able to flee the residence at that time and troopers escorted her to safety.

The man then retreated into the residence and barricaded himself inside of the home. Troopers and dispatchers made further attempts to speak with the subject, who refused to talk.  A perimeter was established and Townline Road was closed to traffic.

The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team was requested and responded to the scene. After the arrival of the Emergency Support Team, two flashbang devices were used outside of the residence, at which point the subject surrendered to police.

The man was arrested for domestic violence, false imprisonment, and kidnapping and was lodged at the Iosco County Jail.

There were no injuries and despite social media postings indicating otherwise, no shots were fired. Troopers were on scene for approximately six hours.

The Michigan State Police West Branch Post was assisted at the scene by a conservation officer with the Michigan DNR, Iosco EMS, the Tawas City Fire Department, the MSP Emergency Support Team, and Iosco County Central Dispatch.  

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