It started after police received a 911 call that a man was firing shots inside the Hazel Avenue home, leading first responders to believe that hostages were inside. But the man took off before officers even arrived.
Now the manhunt is on for the suspect, 33-year-old Luis Alexander Francisco. The call came in at about 9:30 a.m. after police say he pulled a gun out on his girlfriend and her brother.
"She and her brother were able to get out of the house and fled the scene," said Capt. Chris Wundrach of the Oakland County Sheriffs Office. "When officers arrived on scene, they believed the suspect was still in the house."
"We attempted numerous times to communicate with him. And eventually we went inside the house and he wasn't there."
Apparently leaving before police arrived, court records show Francisco has a criminal history dating back to 2006. He has been charged with domestic violence, failing to pay child support and selling marijuana.
Neighbors say Francisco was seen partying and barbecuing until about 3 a.m. Monday, hearing him fighting with his girlfriend. She says she broke up with her boyfriend. She and neighbors identified the suspect as Francisco.
The woman left the home, coming back with her brother to get her items saying Francisco pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her and himself, if she left him. Her brother told FOX 2 that Francisco shot at his feet. Neighbors didn't hear the gunshot.
"They're friendly people, so this is a shock that this is going on," said Ambree Flentroy, a neighbor.
With help from Sylvan Lake police to block off the area, SWAT teams evacuated surrounding homes and instructed many neighbors to stay in their basements.
"I was just laying down and then I heard a bunch of sirens," said neighbor Krystal Price. "I got up and looked out the window and there were SWAT trucks, police cars.
"All of a sudden (police) start knocking on my door and they're like 'C'mon, everybody has to evacuate, get inside the truck.' My kids don't know what's going on, I don't know what's going on. It was a very scary situation."
As police continue looking for him, they are relieved the situation didn't turn deadly.
"No one got hurt so everybody came out safely," Wundrach said.
Call the Oakland County Sheriffs Office if you have information at (248) 858-5000.