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Michigan Police Arrest Gunman Who Killed Hotel Clerk After 7-Hour Standoff

Dearborn, MI – Police took a gunman into custody at the Hampton Inn in Dearborn on Thursday night following a seven-hour standoff with authorities after the suspect killed a hotel clerk.

“There was some type of dispute with the hotel staff… it revolved around money,” Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin told reporters after the incident, according to The Detroit News.

Chief Shahin said the victim was a 55-year-old hotel clerk from Riverview who was “just trying to do his job” when he was murdered.

“We spent the last seven hours negotiating with an individual armed with a rifle… at many times threatened officers, and it was quite tenuous,” the chief said. “But fortunately, we were able to resolve that peacefully.”

He said the gunman was a 38-year-old man with a history of mental illness and drug abuse, The Detroit News reported.

Officials have not yet released the alleged shooter’s name.

The incident began in the afternoon on Oct. 6 at the Hampton Inn, located in the 22,300-block of Michigan Avenue, WDIV reported.

Michigan State Police (MSP) called the incident an “active shooting scene” and urged residents to avoid the downtown Dearborn area for hours.

“There are still shots being fired by the suspect. Troopers and officers are working on clearing the entire area around the hotel,” the state police warned a couple hours into the incident.

The gunman remained barricaded inside a third-floor hotel room for seven hours and demanded police contact his attorneys, WJBK reported.

He was ultimately taken into custody late Thursday night.

Dearborn police involved the suspect’s family in the negotiations during the standoff to help get him to surrender peacefully, according to The Detroit News.

“The barricaded gunman has been taken into custody without incident,” police announced. “Michigan Ave. is still closed and will be as the investigation continues.”

Authorities have not yet released the name of the hotel employee who was murdered, WJBK reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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