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911 Call from Fatal Mecosta County Standoff

Posted at 4:26 PM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 19:17:16-05

ROGERS HEIGHTS, Mich. – A 20-minute 911 call made to Mecosta County dispatchers is giving insight to how an overnight standoff and murder began Thursday night at a home on Cramer Road in Rogers Heights.

A woman inside the home was on the phone with her boyfriend when she said a man came in with a gun.

When he lost contact with her, he called someone else to go check on her. That’s when Kathleen Hawley and her friend showed up to see what was going on.

Police say Hawley was shot as she entered the home. Her friend, Jim Jackson, was able to get away and call 911.

When asked how he knew Hawley had been shot, Jackson said he saw her drop to the floor after hearing the gun go off.

“She opened the door and Kat screamed and I heard the gunshot and she fell on the floor,” he said during the call.

When asked if he saw the gun, Jackson responded that he only heard it but that it sounded like a high-powered handgun.

“He shot her point-blank,” he told the dispatcher.  “She opened the door and she screamed and ‘Pop.'”

Deputies arrived at the home around 8:30 p.m. to discover that 27-year-old Duncan Willis II was holding hostages – two 7-year-old boys, a 10-month-old girl and three women between the ages of 20 and 30.  Police say that the women were all sexually assaulted during the standoff but the children were not hurt.

The standoff ended around 6:30 a.m. and Willis was arrested.

On Friday, he was charged with felony homicide, six counts of sexual assault and multiple weapons charges. His preliminary examination is scheduled Dec. 2.