2017-07-12 / News

Deerfield Twp. standoff ends with arrest

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies closed off Burnside Road, east of M-24 for several hours Sunday morning while deputies tried to convince a domestic violence suspect come out of the house he shared with his girlfriend. Deputies eventually had to go in and get him. 
Submitted photo Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies closed off Burnside Road, east of M-24 for several hours Sunday morning while deputies tried to convince a domestic violence suspect come out of the house he shared with his girlfriend. Deputies eventually had to go in and get him. Submitted photo DEERFIELD TWP. — A domestic disturbance escalated to a police standoff early Sunday morning, but ended peacefully several hours later.

Carlos Milliner, 25, was arraigned Monday afternoon in front of Magistrate Gregory Wise on charges including assault by strangulation, third-degree domestic violence, resisting and obstructing and habitual offender, third conviction. Wise noted Milliner has two prior felony convictions and is being sought on misdemeanor warrants in Dearborn and Taylor.

Wise set bond at $50,000. He said Milliner asked for a court-appointed attorney and he was assigned Marc Sackin.

Milliner was taken into custody at 10:38 a.m. Sunday a little more than four hours after the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. was called to his home at 111 Burnside Road for a second time.

Undersheriff Jeremy Howe said that while Milliner never made any overt threats to police or showed a firearm, deputies had seen what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle in a closet during an earlier visit to the home. “We treated it as barricaded gunman,” he said.

Howe said Deputy Eric Kanyak was first sent to the home at 4:18 a.m. Sunday following reports of a domestic disturbance. On his way to the home, dispatchers told Kanyak that the woman had fled to a neighbor’s house.

Kanyak reported that when he arrived at the neighbor’s house the woman told him that Milliner was drunk, out of control and had choked her during a fight at the house they share. She also told Kanyak that Milliner had left in her silver Jeep Cherokee.

Another deputy checking the area, Howe said, found the Jeep at the end of Ponderosa Drive, just east of the house, and it appeared Milliner had run off into the woods. Axel, the sheriff’s new K-9, and his handler, Deputy Frank Ruzicka, were called in for their first operation.

The pair followed Milliner’s track north and west into the woods and then back south toward Bindon Drive before losing the scent.

Deputies took the woman back to her house to gather some belongings before taking her to her grandparents nearby home on Burnside Road. Kanyak also photographed the woman’s neck, which he said had visible marks.

About 6:27 a.m. dispatchers sent Kanyak back to the grandparents’ home following a 9-1-1 hang up. About the same time a clerk at M&N Market on M-24 told dispatchers that a woman had been in the store when a drunk man came in and began yelling at her and they left together.

Arriving in the area, Kanyak spotted the silver Jeep near the woman’s grandparents’ home. He said Milliner took off on foot for a second time and additional deputies and Michigan State Police troopers were called in.

While searching the area Kanyak noted the curtains had been drawn and garage door closed since the last time he’d been there. He also noted all the doors had been locked.

Kanyak reported hearing floor boards squeak and saw a man in the house as he walked through the backyard.

Howe said the department’s SRT Team was brought in and neighbors were told to shelter in place. He said deputies called Milliner to come out and toss a phone through a window, but got no response.

Eventually they obtained a search warrant and Milliner’s girlfriend gave deputies keys to the home. Initially deputies found no one, but then noticed a small attic access panel that had been jammed shut from above.

Deputies were able to gain access to the attic, but one of them fell through the ceiling, suffering some minor bruises in the process. Howe said deputies cornered Milliner at gunpoint and he surrendered without a struggle.

Milliner is due back in court at 9 a.m. July 21 in front of District Court Judge Laura Cheger Barnard for a probable cause conference. In the meantime he remains held at the Lapeer County Jail.

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