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Suspect in custody following fatal hotel shooting, standoff near Detroit

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Michigan Hotel Shooting
Posted at 11:41 AM, Oct 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-06 22:02:09-04

DEARBORN, Mich. — Authorities in Michigan say after an hours-long standoff, a man who contained himself inside a Hampton Inn in Dearborn following a fatal shooting has surrendered to police.

Dearborn police say the victim was a clerk who had a confrontation with the man over his bill.

The man surrendered around 8:30 p.m., hours after Michigan State Police initially told people to stay away from the location.

Police say Michigan Avenue will stay closed while the investigation continues.

The victim's name has not been released, but he has been identified as a 55-year-old from Riverview.

The suspect has not been identified, but he is said to suffer from a mental illness and drug abuse.

Police called the situation "a current active shooting scene" and said the situation was "active and dangerous" when it began shortly after 4 p.m.

During a news conference just after 8 p.m., police said they were still talking with the suspect. They also said that firefighters were brought in to break out a window to aid in the evacuation of someone who they had determined was still inside the hotel following the earlier effort by police to clear the facility.

During the incident, Dearborn Schools held students at Duvall Elementary School in a soft lockdown that was released after about 2 hours.

"I'm proud of the work our officers did. I appreciate the regional response. I had phone calls from the federal government ... I could run down a very long list of people that reached out to make sure we have the resources that we need," Dearborn Police Department Chief Issa Shahin said. "My crisis negotiators, I'm so proud of them. It's tireless. They were on the phone, doing their best to talk to him and make a connection to try to end this peacefully, and they couldn't have done a better job with the tragedy."

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Twitter thanked first responders and said, "My heart is with the families impacted."

This story was first reported by WXYZ.