Elvis impersonator triggers 30-hour police standoff in Iowa

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 22, 2013 11:03 EDT
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Michael Reed, portraying Elvis Pressley as the character "Micky King." Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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A 53-year-old career Elvis impersonator from Iowa engaged police in a 30-hour standoff on Sunday after a property dispute led to the man discharging a shotgun at officers and threatening to kill himself.

Michael Reed, known for playing the faux Elvis Pressley character “Micky King” for more than 30 years, was confronted by police on Saturday after a warrant was issued for his arrest stemming from an allegation of harassment.

When they arrived at Reed’s residence, which is owned by his mother, KCCI-TV notes that they tried to reason with the man, who’d also called police to report a property dispute with a female friend.

As they were speaking to Reed, a third party called authorities to warn them that he may be armed and suicidal, KCCI-TV added. They backed off and continued communicating from a distance until Reed reportedly fired at least one shotgun blast at officers, who returned fire.

The standoff ended with no injuries shortly after midnight some 30 hours later, when Reed surrendered. Court records examined by The Associated Press show the man does not have an attorney yet.

This video is from KCCI-TV, aired Sunday, April 21, 2013.

This video was published to YouTube on August 29, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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