Police sift through rubble at scene of police standoff - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Police sift through rubble at scene of police standoff

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FLINT (WJRT) - (07/11/14) - Crews spent Friday sifting through rubble at the scene of a police standoff earlier this week.

The home on Flint's north side was where a police officer was shot and murder suspect, Daron Gaylor Jr., was killed.

Michigan State Police say they gave Gaylor many opportunities to come to a peaceful resolution. They say the house was leveled as a last resort to try to get him out.

When police did get inside, Gaylor was found dead.

Friday, teams from the Michigan State Police painstakingly went through the rubble, looking for evidence to get some insight into what happened inside the home. The Michigan State Police fire marshal was brought in to assist crews.

They couldn't comment on exactly what they are looking for, but told us they intend to treat the scene like a home explosion.

That means they will use a grid system to categorize evidence.

"We are going to remove the debris layer by layer and examine it and hopefully recover some evidence that's inside of the house and still remains," said Lenny Jaskulka, Michigan State Police fire investigator. "It is a meticulous type of scene excavation using heavy equipment. We have to be able to pull it out in a surgical manner and remove and observe it, then dispose of it."

Police say this is part of the investigative process that follows a dangerous situation that put both police and the community at risk.

"I would say that the community is a lot safer now and that's our goal. Not only take Mr. Gaylor off our street, but all dangerous criminals off the streets," Jaskulka said.

Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Cole says in order to impact crime, you have to make contact with criminals. Thankfully, no other community members were harmed in the process.

"Our goal is to make the city of Flint a safer place so that the children in the city of Flint can come out and play," he said.

Cole also stressed that officers followed strict protocols and procedures during the standoff. They will take what they've learned from this situation and apply it to future ones.
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