By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – After a much-publicized four-hour standoff, a 53-year-old resident awaits a preliminary examination June 4 on charges that he allegedly barricaded himself inside his house in the 15900 block of Warwick after shooting his wife with a handgun May 20.
Derrick Anthony Mahalak was arraigned Tuesday in 24th District Court and charged with assault with intent to murder, which carries up to life in prison; felonious assault, a four-year felony; and felony firearm, which carries a term of two years in prison, and given a $700,000 cash bond.
It is alleged that about 4:10 p.m. that day Mahalak barricaded himself inside the house after his wife called 911 to report that her husband had shot her in the abdomen.
Downriver Community Conference’s SWAT as well as Allen Park police and officers from Riverview, Melvindale and Lincoln Park responded and Mahalak surrendered after four hours.
No other shots were fired.
Allen Park Fire Department transported the woman to Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, where she was released later that day.
“It goes to show how efficient and good these two departments were Sunday afternoon,” Mayor William Matakas said Tuesday. “We had a massive amount of police power there. Fortunately it wasn’t necessary, but at least it was available and all the man power we had were kept safe by all that physical presence.”