Michigan police explain viral photo of man on roof

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a picture that has been viewed millions of times online.

Now, the Grand Rapids Police Department is answering the question, “What is going on here?”

Around 1 p.m. on July 31, police responded to a home in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue NE for a domestic violence call.

When police arrived at the home, they heard an argument going on inside. Police say when they knocked on the door, a man — later identified as 25-year-old Edward Martin — opened the door then slammed it shut.

After repeated knocks and announcements to open the door, a woman answered and let the officers inside.

Police say they saw what appeared to be evidence of a domestic assault. While checking the house for Martin, other officers outside saw him lying on the roof and radioed to the officers inside.

Officers ordered Martin to come back inside through the window, at which point he was arrested. GRPD says Martin was later charged with resisting and obstructing police. He has since been released from jail and is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday.

Wednesday night, Kent County jail records showed a domestic violence charge against Martin had been dismissed. Those records do not provide details about why a charge is dismissed.

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