Domestic assault & animal cruelty arrest

A Rockland man is waiting for formal charges to be filed against him after his arrest on several criminal counts.

Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post say he’s 40 years old. His name won’t be available until after charges are filed and after he’s arraigned. He was arrested for felonious assault, domestic violence and animal cruelty.

The incident that led to his arrest happened at his home at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon. The man’s 48-year-old wife called 911 to say that she was hiding from her husband in the house because he had threatened her with a firearm. She remained on the line with a 911 dispatcher while state troopers and Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department deputies drove to the house.

The officers worked with the dispatcher to get the woman out of the home safely. Her husband remained inside. The woman told police that he was still armed and that he had hurt the family’s pet dog. The dog later died from its injuries.

Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post and a Michigan DNR conservation officer helped the original responding officers contain the scene. The man then exited the home with a firearm. Officers talked him into placing the firearm on the ground.

Police say they used a taser to subdue him because he briefly resisted arrest. He was taken to Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital and was later transferred to Marquette General. He’s still being evaluated at MGH. Criminal charges are pending as the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the case.