Person of interest questioned after shots fired call

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Police park near Decorative Panels Inc. on Ford Avenue on Sunday after shots were fired at around 4:30 p.m. Alpena Police Chief Joel Jett said a male subject was being interviewed for possible involvement at around 9 p.m. on Sunday.

ALPENA — No one was injured after shots were fired at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Decorative Panels Inc. on Ford Avenue.

Alpena Police Chief Joel Jett said police received a call of possible shots fired in the area near DPI. Officers responded moments later and contacted several DPI workers who were on the roof doing maintenance work.

“Nobody was injured during this incident,” Jett said. “There is not an active shooter at this time.”

No details were provided about how many shots were fired or how many people may have been involved. Jett said a press release will be released this morning with more details about the incident.

At around 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jett said a male subject was being interviewed regarding his possible involvement in the incident on the 600 block of Ford Avenue. He said contact with the man was very preliminary Sunday night.

“We will release further information when it is appropriate,” Jett said. “As of right now, we believe that a lot of the fears could be alleviated.”

The police had to go through leads before finding the male subject and interviewing him Sunday night.

Police blocked access to Ford Avenue for most of Sunday evening because of the incident. Ford Avenue residents were told to stay in their houses and others were told to stay out of the area.

The Alpena County 911 Emergency Management posted on Facebook at around 10 p.m. Sunday that, though the investigation was still ongoing at the time, it was safe for residents to return home.

In addition to APD, the Michigan State Police, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, and Alpena City Fire Department were all at the scene.

“We would also like to thank the residents of the neighborhood here that cooperated,” Jett said. “We know this has been frightening and an inconvenience for them, but we appreciate everyone’s cooperation.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.