Seize at Dearborn”s Hampton Inn ends after man gives up, 1 dead

Ending a seven-hour siege outside a hotel in Dearborn by dozens of police from numerous departments and joined by federal officers as well, Michigan State Police, officers at about 8:30 pm Thursday night took into custody a gunman whom they said fatally shot a hotel clerk in a dispute over money the man owed for his stay.

The incident closed Michigan Avenue in West Dearborn through the afternoon rush hour, and the usually busy artery remained closed Thursday night.

Dearborn police said the man, 38, had a history not only of drug abuse and gun involvement but also of mental illness. That prompted both the city’s police chief and its recently elected mayor to join an increasing call for the nation and Michigan to provide more mental-health treatment for Americans. No officers or hotel guests were injured but the hotel clerk, 55, of Riverview, was “just trying to do his job” when the suspect shot him with a rifle at the outset of the incident shortly after 1 pm, Dearborn police Chief Issa Shahin said.

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