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Suspect in hourslong Michigan hotel standoff in custody after killing clerk, police say

The 55-year-old victim "was just trying to do his job," officials said.
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A suspect who barricaded himself inside a Michigan hotel room was taken into custody Thursday night after he killed a hotel clerk in a dispute with staff members over money, authorities said.

The incident started Thursday afternoon, and Michigan State Police tweeted at 8:48 p.m. that the barricaded gunman had been taken into custody without incident.

Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin told reporters Thursday night that the man was armed with a rifle and that he threatened officers multiple times during the seven-hour standoff.

"It was quite tenuous," he said.

A 55-year-old man from Riverview was shot and taken to a hospital, where he died. The man was a clerk and “was just trying to do his job,” Shahin said.

The suspect was not publicly identified. Shahin described him as a 38-year-old man with a history of mental illness and drug abuse.

The incident began Thursday afternoon with a confrontation over a bill at a Hampton Inn on Michigan Avenue, near downtown Dearborn. The suspect was upset about asking for a refund, he said.

Calls came in at 1:09 p.m. about shots fired at the hotel. Police secured the area and immediately evacuated people from the building, Shahin said.

Over the next several hours, crisis negotiators worked to try to make a connection with the gunman and end the situation peacefully, Shahin said.

The Detroit division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded and urged people to avoid the area.

Additional details about the confrontation and the shooting, which police said happened on the third floor of the hotel, were not immediately available.