In what is being called an “act of domestic terrorism,” a man drove his vehicle through the gates of a Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, Michigan, on Sunday morning. After getting through the gates, he immediately got out of his vehicle and began assaulting personnel that were working there.
According to Wood TV, the attack on the Grand Haven Coast Guard station is being investigated as a case of domestic terrorism due to it being an attack on a federal building. However, authorities have not found any immediate links to terrorism.
Officers from the Grand Haven Police Department blocked off the roads in the area after the man drove his truck through the gate at the Coast Guard station. The incident took place at 6:07 a.m. on Sunday morning. Luckily, there were only minor injuries suffered during the attack.
The station did end up being evacuated though, and it was for a much more serious reason. After breaking through the gate, the man broke into the station and claimed that he had an explosive device in his truck.
USCG personnel in Grand Haven evacuated due to bomb threat. Everyone is safe. No bomb discovered. Details: http://t.co/ndxUz5hRZ8
— USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) February 8, 2015
MLive reported, that Coast Guard members were able to contain the man until the Grand Haven Public Safety officers arrived on the scene to arrest him.
The name of the suspect has not yet been released, but police did reveal that he is not a resident of Grand Haven, Michigan.
Harbor Drive and The Boardwalk were still closed as of noon on Sunday afternoon. They were to be closed “until further notice” as local police and the FBI continue their investigation into the situation.
Residents are being asked to stay away from the crime scene and those in the Sand Piper Condos are being asked to take shelter in place until given the all clear.
Considering the seriousness of the situation, the investigation is expanding to areas outside of Grand Haven, Michigan. The Michigan State police and the Grand Rapids Office of the FBI will provide assistance in the matter.
As of now, the situation at the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, Michigan, is said to be under control. Since it is looked at as an act of domestic terrorism, this investigation is far from over, and police are going to see what else or who else could be involved.
[Images via Fox 17 / Wood TV]