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Shots Fired, Standoff Ends In Laingsburg

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LAINGSBURG, Mich. (WLNS) - An armed man kept multiple police agencies busy for about nine hours in Laingsburg Friday morning.

It all started around 1:30 a.m. on Phelps Street, near Church and 1st North Street when a neighbor heard a single gun shot. The 19-year-old neighbor called back when he heard two more consecutive gun shots.

Police say they saw a man with a gun sitting in a chair inside a home on Phelps Street. The man has a history with the Laingsburg Police.

The situation escalated as police tried to get the 49-year-old man to come out of his home. They used noise bombs and rammed the front and side doors. Around 10:40 a.m. the suspect came out of the house and waved a gun around. Police said the suspect was down around 10:45 a.m. 

The suspect shot at police, causing Michigan State Police to fire back. Police took the suspect into an ambulance just after 11 a.m. He was still alive when the ambulance left the scene.

Several roads were closed and the area was blocked off while police handled what they called a "standoff situation." Police advised everyone to stay in their homes and away from the scene.

Armed police surrounded the home as a safety measure and a negotiator spoke with the man, trying to get him to come out of the house. The suspect's father was also on scene talking to police.

Around 8:30 a.m., Laingsburg Public Schools closed all schools for the day. Bath Community Schools followed and placed schools on lock down due to the situation in Laingsburg around 9:30 a.m. The lockdown was later lifted around 11:55 a.m.

No one else was inside the home and no one was injured.

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