Man with gun arrested near post office

Customers in line at the Grand Haven post office were ushered into the back of the building while police arrested a gunman there late Tuesday afternoon, said Postmaster Barb Kiehborth. "I heard the cop yelling at the guy to drop to the floor and that's when I went out there,' Kiehborth said.
Becky Vargo
Jan 4, 2012

 

The postmaster said employees noticed police outside the building after 5 p.m., and it was a little bit later when police took the gunman down.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and none of her clerks were approached by the man, Kiehborth said.

“He was in our lobby,” Kiehborth said of the gunman. “They were all three in the building at one point.”

Kiehborth said when she went to see what was happening, “there was a cop in my lobby pointing a rifle at the guy laying on the floor.”

The postmaster said her clerks quickly ushered the customers out of the lobby and closed the front desk window while the incident was going down.

“They had the whole street blocked,” Kiehborth said this morning. “I still don’t know what was going on.”

Police confirmed that one man with a gun was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the post office, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Police were sent to the 300 block of Washington Avenue late in the afternoon after receiving a call of three suspicious males in the area. The call came in at 5:17 p.m., said Capt. Rick Yonker of GHDPS.

A second call to 911 was received at 5:30 p.m. from a witness who saw a man putting guns in his pockets, Yonker said. At that time, several backup officers responded to the scene.

Yonker confirmed the man was arrested inside the post office, and that a hand gun and a pellet gun were confiscated. The Muskegon-area man, about age 40, was lodged in the Ottawa County Jail pending arraignment on weapons charges.

Yonker said the final charges were yet to be determined, before they would go to the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Police also stopped a van in the area of Second Street and Washington moments after the call, based on information received that these were the other two men involved, Yonker said. One of those men was given a ticket for having no insurance and the van was confiscated, he said.

Yonker said that he was not aware of any plan the men may have had when they went into the post office building with the guns.

The incident is still under investigation, he said this morning.

The post office is open for business today.

 

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