DETROIT (FOX 2) - A barricaded gunman situation involving multiple children was resolved peacefully at a home on Detroit's west side Tuesday morning.
Detroit police say a child called 911 around 4:45 a.m. and told dispatch that her mother was being beaten. Police came to the home and tried to make contact, but say a man threatened to shoot if police came any closer.
Multiple young children were inside the home, which is in the 17000 block of Heyden near 6 Mile and Evergreen. Around 8:15 a.m. police said the suspect let four children under the age of 13 and a woman out of the home, but other people were still inside.
Just before 9 a.m. Detroit police commander Darin Szilagy said the situation had been resolved peacefully, and that a 26-year-old man was taken into custody for threatening to shoot police. Another adult woman surrendered from the home.
Police believe at this time that the domestic violence suspect was able to get out of the house after the girl called 911 and before police came. Police say they've been to the home before for domestic violence and assault and are aware of the suspect's name and are looking to talk with him.
"For kids to see that and be traumatized to be put in a position to have to call poice, no one should have to go through that. But I'm glad this little girl had the strength to make that call; who knows what we prevented today," Szilagy said at the scene. "We've seen too many times where these domestic violence leads to much, much more serious crime."