Friday, July 26, 2013


police investigate incident involving a gunman

Holland police arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at an officer Thursday night.
Police initially started searching for the 55-year-old Holland man around 8:30 p.m. after he threatened his ex-girlfriend, who now lives in Wyoming, and other acquaintances via phone, said Holland Department of Public Safety Capt. Jack Dykstra. Family members said the suspect had previously threatened to commit suicide.
Officers found the man's unoccupied car in a parking lot near Ninth Street and College Avenue in downtown Holland.
Shortly before 10 p.m., the man approached the officers. He waived a handgun in the air, pointed it at an officer, and then ran from the scene.
Police chased the man until he was cornered. After negotiations, the man agreed to surrender peacefully at 10:15 p.m.
Eighth and Ninth streets near College Avenue were blocked for about 45 minutes while authorities were in the area. The New Holland Brewery and Curragh Irish Pub in the area were both on lockdown, staff told 24 Hour News 8. The all-clear was given once the man was in police custody.
The man is being held on charges of felonious assault for threatening officers with a handgun.

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