Standoff ends in arrests

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Dearborn Heights police arrested five people after a nearly five-hour standoff at a house in the 17000 block of Annapolis following an alleged drug set-up.

Police were alerted to the situation by a man who had been shot in the leg and was being treated at a local hospital. He allegedly met the suspects — four teen boys and one female — on Facebook before going to the house.
When officers arrived on house about 2:30 a.m., it became a barricaded-gunman situation when the five suspects refused to leave the house.

The city’s Tactical Response Unit also arrived to assist police, surrounding the house and closing off the street about 4:30 a.m. to negotiate with the suspects.

About 5 a.m., a woman left the house and was arrested by police for questioning.

Officers then continued to speak to the four male suspects through loudspeakers, giving them multiple opportunities to surrender. After the men refused to obey requests, officers entered the house about 8 a.m. with a battering ram to complete the arrests.

The four teenagers taken into custody are believed to have  priors as juveniles, police said.

Police Chief Lee Gavin said a preliminary investigation revealed the man who was shot was at the house for an alleged drug deal.

The investigation is ongoing.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)