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Mich. Police Capture Alleged Gunman

March 6, 2002

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and two other people outside a courthouse was captured at home after taking an apparent overdose of prescription drugs and calling a crisis hot line, police said Wednesday.

Thomas H. Wendt, 51, was disoriented but unharmed when police arrested him in his trailer following Tuesday’s shootings in a parking lot at the Isabella County Courthouse.

His arrest followed an hours-long standoff with police in which Wendt came outside twice with a shotgun. Authorities finally entered the trailer when telephone negotiations broke down, said Mount Pleasant police Capt. Rory Heckman.

The three victims were apparently to testify at a probation hearing for Wendt but it was not immediately clear why he was on probation. Police said he had been in court before on a domestic violence charge.

Vicki Sue Keller-Wendt, 44, Brandie Lea Keller, 20, and Douglas McCoy, 50, all died of gunshot wounds.

Wendt was to be arraigned Wednesday on an open murder charge.

Mount Pleasant is about 60 miles north of Lansing.

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