Prosecutor’s office to review case after standoff with Marion man

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A Marion man has not been charged with any crimes following a police standoff on Friday that prompted the evacuation of two city blocks, but the case is under review with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police were called to a Marion home at about 2 p.m. on Friday after a woman reported that her husband was threatening to blow up their house after the couple had an altercation, said Osceola County Under-sheriff Justin Halladay. She told police the man was venting gas inside the house from several 20-pound propane tanks, as well as the stove and furnace. She managed to flee the residence, but broke out a few windows before leaving.

When police arrived, deputies could smell the gas from the home’s front yard and up to almost two blocks away, Halladay said. Neighboring homes and those on the next block were evacuated as police attempted to establish communication with the man. Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Response Team was contacted for backup, and they used bean bag guns to break out additional windows. NMMA eventually gained entrance to the house by using an armored vehicle to break down the man’s front door.

“We were continuing to try to make contact with him when he came to the front door and gave himself up,” Halladay said.

Marion Fire Department cleared the scene around 8 p.m. after removing the gas from the air inside the house.

The man, whose name has not been released as charges are pending, was taken to the hospital by ambulance and later turned over to Community Mental Health for further evaluation. He was taken to a mental health facility rather than jail to undergo further examination.

“We don’t know whether or not they’ll issue charges in this situation,” Halladay said. “They have to determine whether or not he was of sound mind. ...We’ve had contact with him before, maybe on a prior assault complaint, but nothing major.”

The quick response of the man’s wife and first responders prevented what could have been an incredibly volatile

“It was quick thinking by her to call the authorities immediately,” he said. “