Police: Detroit man shoots uncle, barricades himself in home for 11 hours

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DETROIT (WWJ) A barricaded gunman is in custody nearly 12 hours after the standoff began on the east side.

“A very tragic event, but a safe ending for our suspect,” Interim Detroit Police Chief James White said during a news conference.

Detroit Police said a confrontation between the suspect and his uncle broke out after they left a local restaurant around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They stopped outside a home “down the street” where the suspect got ahold of his uncle’s gun and shot him twice , according to police.

The suspect ran away and barricaded himself inside another home. He surrendered just before noon Tuesday. The exact location of the home has not been released.

He has an “extensive criminal history” and lives with mental illness, police said.

“Again, another situation where mental illness comes into play that unfortunately lead to this really unfortunate situation,” Chief White said.

His uncle is recovering in the hospital. His condition has not been released.