OKEMOS, MI – On Saturday December 12th, 2020 at approximately noon officers responded to the intersection of Central Park and Marsh for a two car traffic crash with injuries.
The driver of one of the vehicles fled the scene with a rifle. The suspect, a 32 year-old male from Okemos, barricaded himself on the roof of the Chili’s restaurant. Officers set up a perimeter and began negotiations with the suspect. The area was locked down and civilians were moved to areas of safety. The Ingham Regional Special Response Team responded to the area to assist.
The suspect fired one round during the incident. Officers used extreme restraint and did not return fire. The suspect was apprehended using less lethal means by the Ingham Regional Special Response Team.
The suspect was transported by ambulance for medical treatment. No one else was injured as a result of the standoff.
The Meridian Township Police Department would like to thank the Michigan State University Police Department, the East Lansing Police Department, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police for their assistance during this incident.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has additional information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Meridian Township Police Department at 517.853.4800 or submit an anonymous tip through the Police Department’s social media sites.