Joining Morse at the scene, Nael attempted to coax the suspect from the house, using a police P.A. system. When those efforts failed, the State Police response team was called in to assist.
"We had information that he might have had weapons in the house," said Nael. "Given his erratic behavior, we thought it was the best way to handle it.
"As it turned out, we couldn't have had a better outcome to the situation," Nael said. "He came out peacefully and no one was hurt. The suspect will get the help he needs."
Nael said the man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for examination and possible treatment.
He added that charges and arraignment of the suspect are pending in Lapeer County Court.
During the standoff, neighbors who reside on the private road, south of Hough Rd., were not allowed access to their homes for several hours.
In addition to Almont and the Michigan State Police emergency response team, a canine unit and negotiation expert responded to the incident.
For more details, see the Tri-City Times' print edition on Wed., March 3.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.