Police: Woman's body likely in house for extended period before Jan. 8 standoff

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LANSING — Dominique Hawn's body was likely inside a residence on Pleasant Grove Road for an extended period of time before she was found, according to police.

Police discovered 28-year-old Hawn's body Jan. 8 in a house in the 4900 block of Pleasant Grove Road, which belongs to 41-year-old Gregory Sanders.

Sanders had just been involved in a nine-hour standoff with police officers and had shot at them earlier in the day. He was coaxed out hours later after officers sent a tear-gas-like substance into the house.

They arrested Sanders and asked if there was anyone else in the house, according to an affidavit that led to criminal charges. Sanders said the "black and yellow girl" remained inside. His clothes and shoes had blood on them.

Once investigators got a search warrant, they searched the house and found Hawn's body in the basement, wrapped in a shower curtain and covered by a tipped-over dresser, a mattress and carpet, according to the affidavit.

Her body appeared to have been there for an extended period of time and she had multiple sharp force injuries, according to the affidavit. Officers found a bloody knife in the bathroom.

Hawn's significant other told police she had borrowed a cell phone from them on Jan. 1, according to the affidavit. GPS tracking showed the phone was in the area of the 4900 block of Pleasant Grove Road on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, until it died late Jan. 2. Investigators also found unopened emails dating back to Jan. 2.

Sanders was charged Thursday with murder in connection to Hawn's death.

Shooting at officers

The standoff began at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday after Lansing police were called to a home in the 4900 block of Pleasant Grove Road about shots that had been fired, according to police.

Lansing Officer Seth Osentoski approached the door and saw Sanders with a rifle in his hand, police wrote in an affidavit that led to criminal charges. Officers identified themselves as police and ordered him to drop the gun, but he refused, instead yelling at them to drop theirs.

Police wrote in the affidavit that Sanders put his rifle through the shattered screen door and pointed it at one of the officers, who backed away to take cover. Sanders reportedly shot at officers multiple times, striking their patrol vehicles and a tree two officers were standing behind.

Officer Jake Ellis reported taking cover behind a patrol vehicle and hearing shots fly by his head and skip off the road, according to the affidavit.

Sanders was charged earlier this week with eight counts of attempted murder, eight felony firearm counts, one count of discharging a weapon in a building and one count of firearm possession by a felon.

Contact reporter Kara Berg at 517-377-1113 or kberg@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @karaberg95.

This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: Lansing man faces murder charge after body discovered in home

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