STANDOFF ENDS: Neighborhood Back To Normal
Things have quieted down on Des Moines’ east side.
Barricades are no longer blocking Hull Avenue and residents are free to come and go.
“We didn’t watch it from out here. The police didn’t want you to. I didn’t see too many people walking the streets or anything,” said Richard Adams, a neighbor.
With police on high alert, most didn’t have that luxury this weekend.
“It was pretty frightening. You wanted to stay from the windows but at the same time, you wanted to watch because it was like nothing you’d ever seen before,” said Cindy Penman, a neighbor on Wright Street.
Penman saw the standoff come to an end from her second floor window.
According to Sergeant Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department, when negotiating didn’t work, some crafty police work did.
“He was coaxed on to the porch. Once he was on the porch, we had SWAT team members shoot him with a Taser. At that point, he was taken into custody,” said Halifax.
It was the ending his mother pleaded for when she spoke to Channel 13 News Sunday evening.
“I love him and I wish he would come out and leave his weapon behind,” said Joyce Reed, the mother of Michael Reed.
53-year-old Michael Reed has been in the public eye before.
He’s an Elvis impersonator who has performed at the Iowa State Fair.
He has also made several appearances in front of a judge.
His criminal background includes charges for OWI, assault, and harassment.
This time, the stakes are higher.
“We have him shooting at us. That will be a charge. When we go through the house, charges will be added,” Halifax told Channel 13 News.
Reed has been charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.
That crime is a class “C” felony, punishable by up to ten years in jail for each count.
A search warrant was conducted Monday.
Nothing was found that was likely to lead to more charges.