Family trip disrupted by twelve-hour standoff in Arenac County

ARENAC COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) – (7/15/2021) – Residents of a neighborhood in Arenac County are shaken Thursday night.

A police standoff lasting about twelve hours ended in the death of two men in a house in the White’s Beach neighborhood.

A family from Livonia in Metro-Detroit rents a vacation home for the week for some peace and quiet, but by the wee hours of Thursday morning their regular sleep was disturbed by loud screaming.

In front of their front window, police cars were everywhere.

“They wore their helmets, guns drawn everywhere. They came to the door and told us to go to the farthest room from the front, away from the windows as we could, ”said Jackie Kemp.

Kemp says that’s exactly what his family did, but the police returned a few hours later, telling them they had to leave and escorting them to their vehicle.

“When they bring us around the corner, and there are at least six policemen standing there with their full gear and shields that they look at like we are in combat, it was scary,” said the woman. Kemp’s mother, Alta Bryant.

This is because several police departments have surrounded the house right in front of the vacation rental which is a few meters away.

They believed two men were inside the White’s Beach home and one was involved in a police chase Tuesday night in Arenac County.

“You worry about what might happen. What could happen to us, what could happen to the police, who is involved, where they might be, are my doors locked? Kemp said.

After about twelve hours, the standoff with the police ended around 3 p.m. Two men were found dead: one from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound and the other died from a gunshot wound.

Once the stalemate is over. Kemp and his family were able to return safely and with peace of mind to continue celebrating his son’s 9th birthday.

A Michigan State Police mobile lab was on the scene this afternoon.

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