Suspect dead, hostage safe after 12-hour standoff in Ottawa County

File photo of crime scene tape.

File photo of crime scene tape.

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, MI - A man is dead and a woman has been reunited with her family after a 12-hour standoff in Allendale Township.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 to 5000 block of Vail Avenue on a report of an armed man making “homicidal comments,” according to a news release.

Police said the man, 37, was holding a woman, 56, “against her will.” Both knew each other.

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About nine homes in the area were evacuated as negotiations with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Critical Response Team and Crisis Negotiators continued overnight.

Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the man walked outside the house with the hostage and exchanged gunfire with police, officials say. Tactical units freed the uninjured woman from the scene. The man then went back inside.

Police then entered the house and found the man dead, a news release said.

Michigan State Police will investigate the shooting and the man’s cause of death.

Officials say the area is clear, and there is no remaining threat to the public.

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