Breaking News Bar
updated: 6/1/2012 9:03 PM

Warren Township standoff ends peacefully

Success - Article sent! close
By Jennifer Earl

Police peacefully ended a standoff with a 28-year-old man who was threatening to kill himself and waving a bolt-action rifle outside of his Warren Township home Friday.

The suspect, who was not identified by authorities, was taken into protective custody by Lake County sheriff's police when he put down his weapon after about 40 minutes of negotiations. He was taken to Vista West Medical Center in Waukegan, but officials don't know how long he will remain there.

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

No one was injured but Woodland Elementary District 50 schools were placed on lockdown and bus companies were notified. Gurnee Police also put into action a reverse 9-1-1, an emergency alert call, prior to the surrender.

The standoff began when sheriff's deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call placed by the suspect's mother at 10:20 a.m. after she heard a gunshot at her home in the 17000 block of West Roberts Court.

Sgt. Timothy Jonites, the first to arrive at the scene, spoke to the man, who threatened to shoot himself and placed the weapon to his chin and in his mouth. He also asked deputies to take his life.

"However, our cops were able to talk the subject down and out of his fateful mode," Sheriff Mark Curran in a news release.

Sgt. Karen Kates, the sheriff's office spokeswoman who helped secure the perimeter of the scene, said such a suicide threat is rare for Lake County.

"We get suicide threats, but not very frequently where they're holding a gun when deputies arrive," Kates said.

The sheriff's office, members of its Tactical Response Team, and Gurnee Police helped secure the scene and control the perimeter.

"Everyone was where they needed to be and they had a peaceful resolution, thank God," Kates said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.