12-27-2018 Police Report

Police Report By Annette Christie Barricaded Hartford man eventually in custody A Hartford man was eventually taken into custody following a barricading incident in Watervliet Township. On December 21, at 4:45 p.m., a 43-year-old female resident of Watervliet Township requested a check of her residence as she suspected that her boyfriend may be hiding out there. The woman told police that her boyfriend had valid warrants for his residence. Deputies went to the home in the 5400 block of Forest Avenue, and found that the suspect, Joshua Richard Peterson, had barricaded himself in a bedroom. He claimed to be in possession of a firearm and threatened to shoot anyone who entered the bedroom. Police secured the residence and requested additional support. Berrien County Sheriff Deputies, Michigan State Police Troopers and other agencies spent the next five and a half hours in negotiations with the individual. As the continuous negotiations failed, the deputies, officers and other troopers entered the bedroom. They utilized police canine and “less lethal” devices to subdue the individual and take him into custody. After he was taken into custody it was determined that he did not have a firearm. At the time of his arrest, he was holding a piece of metal that was shaped like and resembled a handgun. The individual did have a self-inflicted wound and was sent to Spectrum. He was assessed by Pride Care ambulance. After he was seen at the hospital he was lodged. He was arraigned on the following: two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, four counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, and two valid criminal bench warrants out of Van Buren County for failure to appear.