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Police Standoff Ends with Death of Clawson Man

Police were responding to a domestic violence call when the suspect shot twice from a living room Tuesday night. He was discovered dead of multiple gunshot wounds several hours later.

Charles Muse III was found dead in his Clawson home after police returned fire Tuesday night. He had fired twice on police, who were responding to a 911 domestic violence call. (Patch file photo)
Charles Muse III was found dead in his Clawson home after police returned fire Tuesday night. He had fired twice on police, who were responding to a 911 domestic violence call. (Patch file photo)

A standoff with a Clawson man who fired at at a police officer Tuesday night  after barricading himself inside his house in the 400 block of Phillips ended when the man was shot and killed.

Charles Muse III fired at least two shots about 8:40 p.m., the Oakland Press reports. The standoff started after Clawson police responded to a domestic violence call at the address and saw Muse holding a shotgun inside the house.

The officer reportedly yelled at him to put down his weapon. Repeated attempts to convince him to come outside and talk were unsuccessful, and Muse reportedly fired at an officer on the porch, who returned fire and struck him multiple times, the newspaper said.

Muse then reportedly retreated to a rear bedroom, where authorities found  him dead several hours later.

In a 911 call about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Muse’s teenaged daughter said her parents were arguing. Her mother, three children and the family dog left the residence before police arrived.

Clawson and Troy police secured the perimeter of the area before the man’s body was discovered. The SWAT team from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office arrived about 9, then entered the house about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and found that Muse had died.

The newspaper said that Muse did not have a criminal history, and the only complaint registered at his address was for a bonfire last year.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.


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