Elvis Impersonator Standoff Lasts 30 Hours in Iowa

April 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Elvis impersonator standoff: A career Elvis impersonator got involved in a 30-hour police standoff in Iowa following a property dispute.

Michael Reed, 53, apparently shot at police officers with a shotgun and threatened to kill himself on Sunday, reported KCCI-TV. Reed played the fake Elvis character “Micky King,” complete with aviator glasses, sideburns, and thick black hair, for 30 years.

Police ultimately used a Taser to capture him before he was arrested and booked.

Family and friends said that he lives at home with his mother.

Before the standoff, Reed was not happy with a property exchange that took place between him and an acquaintance earlier in the day.

However, when police came, he got more and more angry. An officer told KCCI that King started to yell at more officers after they arrived because of a suicide threat.

He allegedly argued with the six offers and fired at least one shot at police before it turned into a standoff, reported WHO-TV.

Police shot back at him but they do not believe that he was injured.

During the standoff, police spoke with King via phone but he was locked inside his home.

The Des Moines Register reported that he was taken to a local hospital.

Sgt. Jason Halifax, a Des Moines police spokesman, told the Register that he did not want the standoff to last until Monday.

“Later today we’re going to have kids going to school. We’re going to have people going to work,” Halifax said. “We chose to do it this evening because the darkness is on our side in the incident… and with the negotiations we were comfortable coaxing him out.”