Update: The Cass County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect as Marty Ray Gipson, 44, of Niles. He was arraigned in court this morning.
Cass County deputies used words like “crazy” and “brandishing a machete” as part of their description of a domestic violence incident outside of Niles.
It happened at a home on Little Street near Barron Lake in Howard Township at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
A woman, along with her child, was woken up by her 44-year-old boyfriend, who “was brandishing a machete and acting crazy”. He also was reportedly holding a handful of pills. The man appeared upset and intoxicated.
She told police she tried to get the pills away from the man, but he took them before telling her “if they come for me, I’m not going out alive.” The woman and her child were able to escape, ending up in a locked car at a neighbor’s driveway.
The man locked himself inside the house before police arrived and refused to get out.
When police got in, he approached them with a large knife. An officer used “less than lethal” rubber shotgun bullets to stop him…at least for a moment. He attempted to charge at deputies, but he eventually was taken down and handcuffed.
The man, whose name has not been released, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting and obstructing police and domestic violence. He’s currently locked up at the Cass County Jail.