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Long arraignment expected today

Published 9:18pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012

An armed man surrendered to police at around 11:30 p.m. Monday in Edwardsburg after a 14-hour standoff.
The suspect, Mike Long, barricaded himself in his ex-wife’s home southeast of Edwardsburg at 23485 Redfield Rd. around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
After surrendering, Long was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was lodged on preliminary charges of felony assault, false imprisonment, home invasion and several felony firearms charges, according to Ontwa-Edwardsburg Police Chief Kenneth Wray.
Long is expected to be arraigned between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. today in Cass County Court.
Joanie Peterson, Long’s friend, said Long has been in a dispute with his ex-wife over their daughter.
Peterson received a text message from Long at 5:30 a.m. Monday that “basically said goodbye.”
The standoff began when Edwardsburg police were dispatched to a welfare check of a female at a residence near the intersection of Redfield Street and Ebersole Road. Upon arrival, police discovered an altercation had occurred, and that the suspect had a gun. The female fled to safety, and Long barricaded himself in the residence.
Police called for backup and set up a perimeter around the residence, closing a portion of Redfield Road for the duration of the standoff.
The Berrien County Tactical Response Unit relieved officers of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department’s Entry Team at around 3:30 p.m.
Wray praised the work of all officers involved.
“Their professionalism brought the incident to a good conclusion, with no one getting injured,” Wray.
Edwardsburg police were assisted at the scene by the Cass County Sheriff’s Entry Team, Cass County deputies, Cass County Animal Control, Michigan State Police, Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response Unit, Dowagiac Police Department, Edwardsburg Ambulance and Edwardsburg Fire Department.

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