Niles man charged with intent to murder

Published 12:46 am Wednesday, December 24, 2003

By By JAMES COLLINS / Niles Daily Star
The Niles man responsible for Sunday night's police standoff was arraigned on Monday and is facing felony charges.
Kenneth Thompson's charges include assault with intent to murder, interference with a 911 call and felony firearm charges. His bond was set at $250,000 and he is being held at the Berrien County Jail in St. Joesph.
Sunday night ended peacefully after police obtained a search warrant to search for weapons and the suspect.
Thompson surrendered and offered no restraint when the warrant was served.
Niles Mayor Michael McCauslin and City Council member Robert Chute both extended congratulations to the police on how they handled the situation at Monday night's city council meeting.
Police officers from three departments, including Niles City, Niles Township and Michigan State Police, assisted in ending the situation.
The Niles' Special Response Team was also utilized in the standoff.
This multi-jurisdictional task force is trained in the use of special weapons and tactics and is designed to handle serious emergencies such as hostage or barricaded suspect situations and high-risk warrant services.