Benton Harbor standoff cools down

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

An afternoon standoff ended peacefully on Sunday, thanks to technology and some help form a four-footed member of the police force.

The four-hour ordeal started yesterday afternoon when police showed up at the 300 block of John St. in Benton Harbor to make a domestic violence arrest.

They found that the suspect had barricaded himself in the basement. Police were told that he was possibly armed according to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium.

Officers tried to communicate with 20 year-old Jovan Dorsey by tossing in a cell phone. Then the SWAT team used a firecracker-like device to try and force him out – with no success.

They finally used armored vehicles to knock down the door and sent in Diesel, the canine German Shepherd, to find the man.

Officers say that Dorsey was cooperative as soon as the dog came in and that he sustained a bite to the arm.

A pistol was found in the house and though officers did not know whether it was Dorsey’s, they were glad that no one was hurt during the incident.

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