Man in Custody After Firing Shotgun at Harper Woods Police

Man taken into custody by police after firing a shotgun at police from a residence in Harper Woods.

Nov. 16, 6:50 p.m.

Harper Woods police report that a man is in custody after he reportedly shot at police with a shotgun from inside his residence.  The incident caused several schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System to be on lockdown minutes before their regular dismissal time.

Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke issued a Nixle report at 6:32 p.m. stating that at 2:30 p.m. his department responded to the 20900 block of Lancaster Street after a report of gunshots being fired in a backyard.

According to the report, once officers arrived on the scene, they heard several gunshots being fired inside of a home. Harper Woods police requested additional officers and began to secure the area.

Harper Woods officers heard several more shots being fired inside of the home and requested mutual aid from the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department. While officers were setting up a perimeter around the home, a male suspect opened the front door and fired several times at police officers with a shotgun, according to police.

Harper Woods officers returned fire and the suspect retreated into his home. The Special Response Team was activated and Harper Woods officers were able to make contact with the suspect by cell phone. After speaking with officers and relatives on the phone, the suspect agreed to surrender. He was taken into custody and is being held without bond, according to the Nixle report.

There were no injuries to any of the police officers or the suspect. Several nearby homes and two police cars were damaged by the rounds fired at Harper Woods officers, Chief Jim Burke reported.

Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m.

Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety officer, Lt. John Kosanke said that his department responded to a call for assistance from the Harper Woods police this afternoon when a gunman barricaded himself inside a residence in Harper Woods near the area of Lancaster and Harper.

Woods police helped secure the perimeter until the joint Special Response Team (SRT) could arrive, Kosanke said.

Kosanke said that shortly after SRT arrived, the gunman came to the door of the home and surrendered to police.

Nov. 16, 4:18 p.m.

Mason Elementary School and several other schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System were on lockdown due to shots being fired from a home near the area of Lancaster and Harper in Harper Woods. 

According to a neighbor, the postman reported hearing gunshots.

The gunman was barricaded inside the home and police surrounded the residence.

No one was injured and police have a man in custody, according to Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator Al Fincham.

Fincham was on the scene with police.

Harper Woods police had no comment Friday afternoon but indicated they would release a statement on the incident later.

The school lockdowns—Grosse Pointe North and Parcells also were on lockdown briefly Friday afternoon—have been lifted.

Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety office issued a Nixle report asking people to avoid the area due to police activity.

As more details become available, Patch will update this story.

David Kesner November 16, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Wasn't it Poupard school in Harper Woods?
catherine clark November 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM
What kind of bullet can travel from HW to Mason?
Kai November 16, 2012 at 09:26 PM
They lock down the school just in case the gunman runs. That way everyone is inside instead of around the school/playyard where they could be in potential danger. It has nothing to do with bullets traveling.
catherine clark November 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Think of where Mason is and where HW is.No where close.
GP For Life November 16, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Let's all take a minute and think about how irate those teachers are to get locked down on a Friday afternoon. I am sure their union will insist on overtime pay.
John Hetzler (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
David, several schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System were on lockdown, including Poupard, Parcells and Grosse Pointe North, as well as Mason.
Kristin Schaefer Boutell November 16, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Actually, it IS very close. Kids walk home from Mason in that neighborhood. I was glad the school decided to keep them all safe.
Laura D November 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Catherine, Harper & Lancaster is only about a mile from that school... bullets can travel that far if there was nothing in the way, but people can travel too (AKA, the gunman could easily get a mile from that house where shots were fired.) Better to be safe than sorry.
catherine clark November 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Mason is on Vernier between Mack and River Road, across from Lochmoor.No where near Harper.But agree, better safe than sorry.
MRSPirateLarz November 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Seriously, I don't care how close or far the school is from the location, I'm glad that they did the right thing and locked the schools down! It is better to be safe than sorry, I don't understand why anyone would question the motive?!
Kai November 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I know EXACTLY where Mason is and I also know where HW is. But when MY daughter goes to Mason and the armored police vehicle is on my street with about 8 cop cars and police on standby outside the house they surrounded with SHOTGUNS pulled, I'm EXTREMELY happy they did the right thing by locking down. All it takes is a crazy gunman and one child or employee of the school to become a hostage if he runs. Use your brains people...
Mary Lees November 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Are you kidding me, what an inappropriate comment. Teachers are concerned ONLY with the safety of their students, not how long they are at school on a Friday. Way to go GPPSS!!
Kai November 16, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Oh...and Harper Woods is LESS than a mile from the school if you go by city lines.
Paul Truba November 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Toni Stinson...another by-line for an article of interest (as noted by the above comments. Keep up the good work, keep us informed. Is it about time to have a brier bio. on you? Paul T.
Toni Stinson November 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM
That's our goal at Patch, Paul. Not sure if you meant "brier bio" or "brief bio"? If you meant brief bio, just click on my byline or on this comment. Thanks, Toni
Yulonda Pack November 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Why would anyone ? The decision to lock down a school for the safety of our children. I have a daughter at each school and would much rather they be locked down than put in danger because someone thinks its inconvient!
GPW November 17, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Hey GP for life! Think of how irate parents would be if kids were not safe in our schools? You have something to say about everything and none of it is good!
walden schmidt November 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
SWAT is the abbreviation for Special Weapons and Tactics. Special Response Team is abbreviated SRT. They are not the same.
peter November 17, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The schools did the right thing and thankfully the situation was resolved. Also, Mary Lees: don't fret over GP for Life. He is one of the local GP Patch trolls that has a sarcastic or negative comment for EVERYTHING.
Bradley Coopersmith November 17, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Was it Brian Banks refusing to leave his rental property? Yeah diversity.
The Village Malcontent November 17, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I don't think so. Now that Banks has a paying job he has a rental place in G. P Shores, somewhere near Matty Moroun.
Laura D November 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Thanks Catherine, I know where Mason is, I have been there many times and know people that go there... I still stand by my previous comment.
Kathy Abke November 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
We have Mason families living on Lancaster and surrounding streets, catherine. Kids can't walk home from school with a gunman shooting.
Mary Gage November 17, 2012 at 07:02 AM
I know. The first thing I did when i heard that was kinda laugh to myself and then email my daughter (all 3 of my kids went to Mason and Parcells). That was a little extreme. Mason is nowhere near Lancaster and the service drive to I-94. But I was also thankful that Grosse Pointe Woods and the other Grosse Pointes are so protective of their citizens. Compare our crime reports and those of Detroit, whose police officers don't even arrive when something serious is happening.
Petra November 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
As a teacher involved in Friday's lockdown, I want you, GP for Life, to understand that we are responsible for keeping our students safe and reassuring them that nothing bad is going to happen. You have no idea of the anxiety that fills a classroom when the principal announces that the lockdown, ". . .is not a drill." At that point, we have no idea what the situation is, just that we need to keep our students safe and calm. We then huddle into a corner of the room and talk them through it. As several parents have indicated, we are only concerned with the safety of our students. In your reference to overtime pay, I invite you to enter any of our schools at 7am; you'll find teachers in their classrooms working long before their contracted start time. Then come back again at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm - you'll again find teachers working in their classrooms. Some teachers never leave until late in the evening, some teachers go home and take care of their families and then return to school to continue working, and many teachers leave with a sack full of work to complete at home. If you think that teaching is an 8 to 4 job, you are delusional.


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