Standoff suspect was wanted on gun charges.

November 15, 2017

Standoff suspect was wanted on gun charges.



By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.


ROTHBURY — The 34-year-old Rothbury man who allegedly caused an hours-long standoff with police on 88th Avenue Monday, Nov. 13, was wanted on charges of larceny of a firearm and felony firearm, according to Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Authorities are not releasing the suspect’s name because he has not yet been arraigned in 78th District Court. However, a source close to the family who wishes not to be named has confirmed that Allen Pulsipher is the suspect.

According to voting records, Allen Cole Pulsipher’s address is 7063 S. 88th Ave.

The suspect has been released from the Oceana County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, according to court staff.

“He allegedly stole the gun on Monday,” Bizon said. “Police were concerned and sought a warrant for that offense. It was immediately necessary to deal with that issue. All other possible charges will now be looked at.

“During the alleged theft of the gun, there is an allegation that some property was damaged,” the prosecutor said.

A person who commits larceny by stealing a firearm of another person is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $2,500.00. A felony firearm charge is punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

It is also possible that a felony charge of resisting and opposing police could be filed in regard to the standoff, Bizon said. That offense is punishable by up to two years imprisonment and/or a $2,000 fine.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police were in a standoff with Pulsipher, who was possibly armed, near the Oceana Shores subdivision for several hours. No one was injured in the incident, said Michigan State Police Sgt. Charles Hockanson.

Pulsipher was holed up in a residence, refusing to come out. Police negotiated with him to surrender. MSP Hart Post Commander F/Lt. Jeff White said there were no hostages.

MSP, which was assisted by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and the Rothbury Police Department, had 88th Avenue blockaded from Winston Road to Cleveland Road for several hours until his capture. Oceana County EMS was on standby at the scene.

Parents of Montague schoolchildren who live in the area had to pick up their youngsters at the Rothbury Community Church.

“We don’t want to walk away from this guy,” White said prior to his capture. “We want to make sure we get him.”

Pulsipher’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.

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