An attempt by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office to arrest a man with warrants out for his arrest did not go according to plan, but authorities say there is no danger to the public.

A large amount of police activity in Howell last night prompted concern from the community, as a number of police vehicles and tactical units gathered near the Thompson Lake boat launch. Police vehicles blocked several streets, including parts of Summit and Madison, to create a perimeter around the residence in question.

Sheriff Mike Murphy says authorities were looking for a man with a couple of felony warrants out for his arrest. Murphy says the individual has an extensive criminal history so authorities wanted to err on the side of caution to make sure they could arrest him without anyone getting hurt. Murphy says there were a few people at the residence, but the man they were looking for was not there. Murphy says neighbors were not in danger and no one needs to panic.

The roads were closed down around 4pm, according to neighbors who say they were asked by police to remain in their homes. The roads remained blocked and police units on scene until approximately 8pm. The Sheriff’s Office is expected to release further details today. (DK)