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Deceased homicide suspect's girlfriend charged following Flint standoff

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A homicide suspect is dead, an officer was injured and a woman was arrested following a standoff in Flint last week.

Daron Gaylor Jr., 22, was wanted in connection with two separate murders, one involving his own cousin.

Police discovered Gaylor was hiding out at a home on the 400 block of Sherman Avenue on Flint's north side. They began 24-hour surveillance of the residence on Monday, July 7.

On Wednesday, July 9 Gaylor barricaded himself inside the home, starting the standoff between him and police.

As the hours passed a large crowd, gathered along the police perimeter, grew tense. Just after 5 p.m. gunfire was exchanged between Gaylor and police.

A police officer was hit by a bullet and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Behind the perimeter the family of the man inside reacted to the thought that he might be dead.

After no response from Gaylor and 11 hours into the standoff police brought in excavators to peel back layers of the roof.

Police soon discovered the body of their wanted man, Gaylor, dead in an upstairs attic.

Gaylor's girlfriend, April Abare, was arrested following the standoff and charged with hiding him from the police. The residence of the standoff was Abare's. She lived there with her three children.

The 34-year-old is charged with lying to a police officer conducting a violent crime investigation and harboring a felon. Both of the charges carry a possible sentence of up to four years in prison.

Gaylor was a fugitive charged with two counts of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and other offenses related to two shooting incidents on June 2 and July 5.

"I want to make it very clear to the public that if you choose to hide or harbor a fugitive of justice, or in any way interfere with the investigation of a violent crime by lying to or misleading police during their investigation, you will be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said in a news release.

The arrest warrant alleges Abare repeatedly lied to police about Gaylor's whereabouts and refused to cooperate.

"In this case, April Abare not only hindered the efforts of police who were searching for a suspect wanted for murder, but she knowingly put police officers at great risk of injury or death through her statements and actions," Leyton said.

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