Michigan State Police: Wellston hostage incident ends with man in custody

Michigan State Police: Wellston hostage incident ends with man in custody

WELLSTON — Michigan State Police Cadillac Post troopers were dispatched to a possible hostage situation with a man who was alleged to be armed with a gun on Saturday morning.

According to a news release issued Sunday morning, troopers were called at 7:12 a.m. to a residence on Lily Road east of Wellston and arrived to speak with one of the victims near the scene.

“The woman stated she and a friend were visiting the suspect, a 50-year-old Wellston man, in a shed where he lived on Lily Road. The suspect accused the woman of stealing his methamphetamine,” the release states.

The release said that the man allegedly assaulted them and brandished a handgun, telling them they were not free to leave.

“One of the women called her son, who came to the scene. The son confronted the suspect and was able to get his mother away. The suspect then slammed the shed door with the other woman inside,” according to the release.

The MSP Emergency Support Team responded to the scene.

“It was later discovered the suspect and victim had left the shed on foot and were located some distance away by deputies from the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was no longer in possession of the handgun.”

Then, a Michigan State Police K-9 team was called to the scene and it located the handgun near the shed.

The handgun was reported as stolen in 2010 by the Lansing Police Department.

The man is being held at the Manistee County Jail.

Deputies assisted troopers from the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Public Safety Department, Mobile Medical Response EMS and the Norman Township Fire Department.


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