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Shiawassee County police standoff ends, man involved shot

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(01/31/14) - A police standoff that started in the middle of the night, in western Shiawassee County, is now over - after shots were exchanged.

Shiawassee County Sheriff George Braidwood confirms the man involved in the standoff was shot by Michigan State Police. He was hit once in the shoulder, was conscious and talking, according to Braidwood.

Braidwood says it all started when a neighbor called for help, around 1:30 Friday morning, "(He) thought the individual was firing shots in his house. Two deputies, from the sheriff's office arrived, and could see the individual in the house reloading a rifle."

State police sent members of the Emergency Support Team, or EST, in to help.

Laingsburg Schools called off classes for the day as a safety precaution and neighbors were asked to stay in their basements.

The man in the home, who Braidwood says has a bit of a history with police in the area, wasn't cooperating as police tried to touch base with him.

As the EST sent a vehicle in, Braidwood says the man fired shots at it striking it three times.

Braidwood says, soon after, the man fired at police a second time and that's when they fired back.

"Came out on the porch with a rifle and shot at the state police again, at which time one of the ES members returned fire and struck him once in the shoulder," he says.

The man will face charges, police say, and very likely even attempted murder charges.     

The standoff lasted about for about nine - 10 hours.

"It was intense," says neighbor Scott Hamill. He and his family went to the basement, but he was able to get a glimpse outdoors a few times.

"He came on the porch," he says. "Soon as I saw his weapon raised, we were on the ground."

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