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Man who pointed gun at Holland Police is former Wyoming officer

9:49 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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Mark Charles Armstrong

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man who reportedly pointed a gun at a Holland officer during a standoff Thursday night is a former Wyoming Police officer.

55-year-old Mark Charles Armstrong of Holland was arraigned Friday afternoon. He is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one felony firearm count. Armstrong is being held on a $30,000 bond.

Wyoming Police tell WZZM 13 Armstrong was a 26 year veteran of the force and was terminated in February 2011 for violation of rules and regulations.

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Around 6:30 Thursday evening, Armstrong's ex-girlfriend called Wyoming Police saying he threatened her and others over the phone and sent suicidal text messages. Wyoming Police searched for him and sent an alert to area police agencies to be on the lookout for his vehicle.

Around 8:30 p.m. a family member spotted Armstrong's unoccupied vehicle near 9th Street and College Avenue. As officers investigated the vehicle Armstrong approached and pulled out a handgun. Authorities say Armstrong pointed the gun at officers during a brief foot chase before he was cornered.

During a 20 minute standoff, area businesses, including New Holland Brewing, were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Holland Police negotiated with Armstrong and convinced him to drop his weapon. He was arrested without incident.

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