An Elvis impersonator led police on a standoff that stretched 30 hours this weekend, coming to an end early Monday when police used a stun gun on the King of Rock and Roll.
The standoff began when Michael Reed, a 53-year-old Elvis impersonator, exchanged gunfire with Des Moines police. Officers had gone to his home to investigate a property dispute, but were greeted instead with an angry Elvis impersonator.
It was actually Reed who called police in the first place, but when the arrived he grew increasingly agitated. Police noticed that he had a weapon, and the Elvis impersonator then yelled at officers and then fired at least one shot at them.
The officers returned fire and Reed retreated into his home, locking himself in.
Police negotiated with the Elvis impersonator for 30 hours, eventually coaxing him out to the front porch of the home. They then put an end to the standoff by using a stun gun on Michael Reed shortly after midnight on Monday.
The suspect remains in custody on Monday, police said.
Reed also goes by Mickey King, an accomplished Elvis impersonator in the area. His website noted that he’s been singing Presley’s hits for more than three decades.
“Micky King brings audiences nationwide to their feet with the voice of Elvis,” his website reads. “Micky explodes onto the stage in traditional Elvis attire. He has been honing his skills as an Elvis impersonator for over 30 years. His first performance was on the Bill Riley State Fair talent search when he was only 14.”
The website also lists a number of recommendations, including one from the Iowa State Fair and news station WCCI for participating in its Combat Hunger charity event.
No injuries were reported in the Elvis impersonator standoff. Reed was taken to a hospital as a precaution and then booked on weapons charges.