Suspect in Mendon standoff charged with attempted murder, held on $2 million bond

Terrell Lamont Reese of Mendon was arraigned on several felony charges Tuesday following a standoff with police near Mendon Elementary over the weekend.

Reese has been charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and nine counts of felony firearm. He is currently lodged at St. Joseph County Jail and being held on a $2 million bond, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.

The standoff occurred after authorities were called to Reese’s residence for a report of domestic violence on Saturday, September 17. Police were attempting to deescalate the situation and negotiate with Reese when he allegedly reached for a safe in his home. The house was cleared just minutes before Reese opened fire on deputies at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department. Ultimately Reese was apprehended alive, and no injuries have been reported by law enforcement related to the standoff.

“[…] We are deeply and truly grateful for the brave efforts of our men and women who work to keep us safe,” the Village of Mendon said in its last Facebook update concerning the shooting.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor and publisher of Watershed Voice.