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A Detroit father is hospitalized and police are in a standoff after an early morning home invasion on the city’s southwest side.

Detroit Police tactical units have a home on Central just north of Lafayette and I-75 surrounded, calling over a loudspeaker to people inside.

“If you can hear my voice, I need you guys to come out of the rear of the location with your hands on top of your head,” a police negotiator is repeating on a loudspeaker from a patrol car outside.

At 8:25 a.m., multiple popping sounds were heard from the area of the house. An officer at the scene said it was the sound of gas canisters being shot into the house. Negotiators continued to plead for a surrender afterward.

The father is expected to survive after at least two men burst into the home at about 2 a.m. and hit him in the head with a pole, Detroit Police Deputy Chief James Tolbert said at the scene. The victim and his family – one or two young children and their mother – were held hostage briefly by the robbers. But a friend on the phone with the father realized something was wrong and called police. Tolbert said one of the robbers left the house with the family. Police are unsure how many suspects are left inside, he added.

“What’s important is this wasn’t a random event,” Tolbert said. “It was obvious these guys had a plan when they went in, so there’s a reason they went in. And once we get into the investigation, we’ll determine what that was all about. They definitely targeted the house.”


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