BEAVERTON – A man has been arrested after an incident in Beaverton caused schools to be closed for the safety of the students and staff on Friday, Oct. 14.
Gladwin County Sheriff Department officials say that deputies responded to the report of shots being fired in the City of Beaverton during a domestic dispute around 4 a.m.
When deputies arrived, they discovered two victims that had been physically assaulted. The victims had non-life threatening injuries that did not require hospitalization.
During the investigation, it was discovered that there was a domestic dispute which turned violent. The male suspect had allegedly threatened to kill the victims, and had brandished and fired a handgun.
The suspect was identified as a 49-year-old man living in Beaverton, and at the time of the initial report, it was believed that the suspect was still in the area on foot, and additional agencies were called to assist.
Deputies contacted school officials, who made the decision to close school Friday for the safety of their students.
"The primary consideration in any emergency situation is the safety of students and staff. Early this morning, in response to a situation within close proximity to our school campus, school was canceled as a precautionary measure to an external threat involving a weapon," said Beaverton Rural Schools Superintendent.
She added, "The incident did not involve any Beaverton Rural School District students or staff."
The handgun was recovered at the scene and was discovered to be loaded. The suspect was later apprehended in the area at approximately 6 a.m. The suspect was taken into custody without violence, however once he realized he was going to jail, he became belligerent and verbally threatened an officer.
The man was lodged in the Gladwin County Jail and initially charged with domestic violence and weapons offenses. The case will be forwarded to the Gladwin County Prosecuting Attorney for additional review and charges.
The suspect does have a history of violence, and alcohol is a factor in the incident.
Beaverton City Police, as well as Midland County Sheriff Deputies, Michigan State Police Canine Units, and Michigan State Police Emergency Team members assisted deputies at the scene.
Superintendent Wooden said that the district was extremely grateful for the contact that police made with them apprising them of the situation, and ultimately rectifying the situation.
"The District appreciates the swift response by Beaverton City Police and other law enforcement officials who achieved a prompt resolution to the matter," Wooden said.
She added that Beaverton Rural Schools will always keep parents informed when incidents of this kind happen.
"As with any situation of this nature, we will provide appropriate information to parents in a timely fashion," Wooden explained. "The District remains vigilant and proactive relative to school campus safety and security with the installation of secure entrances, frequent exterior and interior threat drills, and a greatly enhanced surveillance system throughout all school buildings and grounds."
"The safety of our students and staff are first priority and we will always execute the most conservative approach," she added.
More details will be provided as they become available.