A Lansing police officer was assaulted todayÂ at a home in the 2300 block of Tecumseh River Drive on the city’s northwest side. The officer was hospitalized with no report on his condition.
Some 14 police vehicles immediately responded to the house in this quiet neighborhood and a short standoff occured at about 9 a.m. when the officer was hurt by a supect who then ran into the home.
Officers repeatedly knocked on the front door of the home which from the street is obstructed with low hanging tree branches. Other officers surrounded the home on all sides. Once during the standoff several officers, alarmed by a loud noise, drew their weapons, later holstering them.
While knocking on the front door, officers yelled at the suspect inside: “William, come to the front door please. We need to talk to you. We are not going away.”
The house sits directly across from Tecumseh River Park and a children’s playground. Noone was in the park at the time. Construction vehicles and a large travel trailer along with other construction equipment are often parked in the driveway and on the street. There have been several complaints to the City of Lansing about these vehicles.
Before entering the building the police moved all gawkers (including me) away from the home. When the police entered the home the suspect surrendered and now faces serious charges of assaulting an officer. By 11:30 a.m., the neighborhood was back to normal and the travel trailer had been removed.
Full disclosure: I live one-half mile from this house.