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Man Arrested After Standoff With Police At Sterling Heights Business

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(WWJ) One person is in custody following a police standoff that ended peacefully in Sterling Heights.

WWJ's Jon Hewett reports police with a SWAT team had surrounded the Elwood Staffing Employment Agency on Fox Hill Dr., in the area of Mound Road.

After around four hours, shortly before 4 p.m., a man came out of the building and was arrested.

"He simply walked out and was ordered to the ground by SWAT members who encircled him, guns drawn and then took him into custody," Hewett said. "He did not appear to be armed. Police came up upon him cautiously."

Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said no one was hurt.

"We've been out here for a standoff for quite a few hours, and ultimately this guy ended up coming out of the building on his own," Bastianell told reporters at the scene. "Upon speaking with him it was clear that he was having some type of mental breakdown, or mental situation. And ultimately he is being petitioned to the hospital for evaluation."

Police said the man was wearing some type of vest, and that employees concerned about his behavior self-evacuated and called 911.

Bomb Squad robots and dogs were sweeping the area, Hewett said, due to concerns about possible explosives.

Nothing dangerous was found.

The situation closed southbound Mound Road from 17 Mile Road to Metro Parkway (16 Mile Road) for several hours, but the roadway has since reopened.


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