Man arrested in Ironwood Township SWAT incident found incompetent for trial

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - An Ironwood Township man arrested after barricading himself in his home in May has been found incompetent to stand trial, according to the Gogebic County prosecutor.

Leonard Hellier, 47, will be transferred to a state psychiatric hospital in Lower Michigan as soon as a bed opens, says prosecutor Nick Jacobs. He was charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.

The initial 911 call came from the suspect's neighbor claiming that Hellier allegedly shot a pellet gun in the direction of his property. When officers arrived, Hellier became very belligerent and while holding a machete, threatened officers. When ordered to get down, Hellier refused to cooperate. He was subsequently tased, but was able to retreat into his residence and barricade himself inside with weapons.

Officers were able to establish contact with Hellier, but continued to refuse and exited the premises. After sometime, talks between law enforcement and Hellier broke down. Officers and members of the Gogebic Iron SWAT Team then breached the residence and were met by Hellier wielding a hatchet. A struggle ensued and he was taken into custody. Hellier was treated for a minor abrasion and a SWAT member a minor laceration after Hellier swung and hit his protective shield with the hatchet. Both were treated at the scene.

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