Gogebic County woman arrested after standoff

WAKEFIELD – Michigan State Police at the Wakefield post arrested a woman Monday who had allegedly locked herself in a residence and threatened suicide after a traffic crash.

The name of the woman was not released by police.

Troopers were called Monday to investigate a traffic crash at the intersection of Pummala and Colberg roads. During the investigation, police made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle at a Wakefield Township residence.

Upon arrival, police were told by the adult son of the vehicle owner she was threatening suicide. Troopers were also told the woman had a rifle and a shotgun in the residence and had barricaded the door. Police were able to talk with the woman through an open window and attempted to convince her to allow them to help her.

Police said the woman repeatedly stated she wanted police to kill her and she would not come out alive. Troopers were told a male friend of the woman was also in the residence. Police convinced him to leave the residence with the rifle.

Police said they continued to talk to the woman with no positive results. As they talked to her, police detected a strong odor of natural gas. Police said the woman had opened all the burners on the stove.

Troopers made a decision to enter the residence and allegedly found the woman in possession of the shotgun and they confirmed she had opened all the burners on the stove.

Police said the woman appeared highly intoxicated.

She was taken into custody for possession of a firearm while intoxicated. She was lodged in the Gogebic County Jail.

Troopers were assisted by the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.