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Barricaded felony suspect takes his own life in Brighton Meijer parking lot

A suspect wanted on felony warrants took his own life while barricaded inside a travel trailer in Brighton Sunday evening.

The Brighton City Police Department says that at approximately 2:30 p.m., officers were investigating a U-Haul truck and a travel trailer parked on the north side of the Brighton Meijer store when they discovered that the registered owner of the trailer, an adult male, had several warrants for his arrest including one involving a weapon.

According to a press release, officers also discovered that the U-Haul truck was reported stolen out of another jurisdiction and the adult male was the suspect.

After attempting to contact the occupants in the travel trailer but receiving no answer, officers used a loudspeaker, at which point a single adult female came to the door and said the male suspect had left with the U-Haul truck two hours ago, despite the fact that it was parked next to the travel trailer.

Once a perimeter was established, the female exited the travel trailer, and communications were established with the male suspect who was requested to also come out, but after about half an hour, the phone disconnected. 

“Due to the nature of the adult male’s warrants and again out of an abundance of safety, the Livingston Regional SWAT and Negotiator teams responded to the scene,” stated the press release.  “Once on scene, several more attempts were made to establish communications with the adult male.  No communication was able to be established.”

At approximately 7:20 p.m., a small team of SWAT operators approached the trailer and deployed what was described as a Noise, Flash, Distraction, Device (NFDD). They then broke out a window of the trailer, and used a pole to put camera inside and saw the suspect unresponsive on a bed.  Entry into the trailer was then made and the suspect was declared deceased due to suicide.

During the incident there were no children involved, nor were there were any injuries to officers or citizens. Police also made a point to say that at no time were shots fired by officers or at officers.

The Brighton City Police were assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Green Oak Township Police Department, Hamburg Township Police Department, and the Metro Parks Police Department.


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