By Pat Maurer
A 43-year-old Clare man is behind bars after holding police at bay for over nine hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Donald Anzalone was arraigned by Magistrate Karen Willing Wednesday afternoon on one charge of discharging a firearm in or at a building, a four-year felony. He is currently being held on a $100,000/10 percent bond with a court-ordered mental evaluation required before release.
Clare Police were called to Anzalone’s home at 205 Dwyer Street one block west of McEwan in the city around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening responding to a report of an “armed, out of control subject.”
Reportedly, police heard of the incident when a man came to Cops and Doughnuts and said his friend was intoxicated and had a gun in his home.
When officers arrived they reported hearing shots fired inside the residence. Neighbors also reported hearing a gunshot earlier in the evening. According to Clare Police, no one else was in the house with Anzalone.
Neighboring homes and residents from one building at Brookwood Apartments across the street were evacuated as well as a foster care home nearby.
Police attempted to talk the Anzalone into surrendering to them. He “refused and became very threatening,” police officers reported.
The Michigan State Police Emergency Service Team was called and officers negotiated with the him throughout the night. At 6 a.m., the press release said, negotiators talked the then unarmed Anzalone into coming out of the residence and at around 7 a.m., after more negotiation he surrendered peacefully to officers.
He was arrested and taken to the Clare County Jail to await arraignment on undisclosed charges. No one was injured during the standoff. He remains lodged at the Clare County Jail.
Officers found a 12 gauge shotgun in the home.
Clare Police were assisted at the scene by the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police troopers, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division and the MSP Emergency Services Unit. “Clare County Central Dispatch also played a major role in resolving the incident,” according to the release from Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory.
Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service was also on the scene.