A 38-year-old man was detained “peacefully” Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan, after he shot and killed one person and locked himself in a hotel room for more than six hours, according to authorities.
After hours of negotiations, “the blocked gunman has been taken into custody and no incident has occurred. Michigan Avenue remains closed and will continue as the investigation continues,” Michigan State Police tweet Thursday night.
Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shaheen said at a news conference Thursday night that the suspect had a history of mental illness.
“Before we got there, there was a shooting and it was a death,” Shaheen said. The victim was a 55-year-old employee of the Hampton Inn.
Dearborn Police tweet There was an “active shooting scene” at 22324 Michigan Avenue at 12:51 p.m. ET Thursday, asking people to stay away from “active and dangerous scenes.” Dearborn is about 6 miles west of Detroit.
According to Shaheen, the incident began when the suspect had an argument with hotel staff over money.
“Soldiers and officers are clearing the entire area around the hotel. Please stay away from this area as this is an active situation and extremely dangerous to the public,” state police tweet.
Duval Elementary School, less than a mile from the Hampton Inn, is in soft lockdown.
“There has been a situation outside the building and we are currently not allowing anyone to enter the school. All of our staff and students are safe and our learning and life continue. There will be no outside activities at DuVall,” the school said on its website release.