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Ironwood man faces charges following police standoff

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A 47-year-old man, who barricaded himself in his Ironwood home  earlier this week, was arraigned in court on Wednesday.

Leonard Hellier of Ironwood Township  has been 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.

Authorities say officers responded to a neighbor dispute around two p.m. on Tuesday on Vanderhagen Road.

During the call, Hellier's neighbor claims Hellier shot in the direction of his property.

The responding officer who met with Hellier's neighbor reported the suspect shot in his direction, with what the officer believes was a pellet gun.

When more officers arrived, Hellier allegedly became belligerent, and threatened officers while holding a machete.

Police say Hellier refused to cooperate when he was ordered to, and was tased.

After he was tased, he went into his home and barricaded himself inside.

Although officers were able to make contact with Hellier, they say he refused to cooperate and leave his home.

Communication eventually broke up, and officers then entered Hellier's home, who met them wielding a hatchet.

Officers struggled with Hellier, and he was eventually taken into custody.

Hellier was treated for minor injuries, and a SWAT team member was treated for a cut after Hellier allegedly swung and hit his protective shield with the hatchet.

Hellier is being held in the Gogebic County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

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