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Article posted: 9/23/2013 8:00 PM

Des Plaines man charged after standoff


A Des Plaines man faces multiple charges that began with domestic battery and ended hours after he barricaded himself in his home Sunday evening, police said.

Des Plaines police responded to a call about 6 p.m. on the 300 block of West Eaker Place made by the girlfriend of Michael Werner, 38, who told police that he battered her and their 1-year-old child.

Werner's girlfriend told officials that he was making threats and that he had several guns in the home.

The Des Plaines Police Department Tactical Response Team negotiated with Werner for more than six hours in an effort to get him to come out of the home. When that failed and Werner continued to act erratically, police used tear gas to draw him out, authorities said.

Werner was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and then taken into police custody.

He has been charged with domestic battery, endangering the life of a child and resisting a police officer.

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