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Saturday, August 19, 2006
BY SUSAN L. OPPAT, News Staff Reporter
Gunpowder burns man
A 39-year-old Augusta Township man held police at bay for about four hours Friday morning after officers responded to his home for a report of a loud party and say he fired a shotgun at his own neck.
Investigators are looking into whether the man held a woman against her will at the home, but police would not reveal additional details on that aspect of the case Friday evening. The man, whose name was not released, was treated and evaluated at an area hospital after the incident ended peacefully, police said.
State Police Lt. Monica Yesh said neighbors reported a loud party at the man’s house in the 6000 block of Talladay Road near McCrone Road at 5:30 a.m.
Yesh said the man, who has been a paraplegic since a diving accident years ago, talked with police for a few minutes when they arrived. But he became angry when someone at the party told police there were drugs inside the house, she said.
Police said the man, who takes medication for depression, went into the house alone, and officers heard a shot. Troopers retreated when the man, who suffered powder burns on his neck, told police he would kill himself if anyone approached.
Yesh said Emergency Services troopers from Detroit, Jackson and Lansing responded to assist.
While a medical helicopter, firefighters and paramedics stood by, police talked with the man for several hours by telephone and let him talk with his sister by telephone, Yesh said. The man agreed to leave the house around 9:45 a.m.
No shots were fired at or by police, Yesh said.
Susan Oppat can be reached at email@example.com or at 734-482-1166.