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updated: 11/7/2017 1:51 PM

Police: Maintenance equipment mistaken for gun at Schaumburg offices

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  • Schaumburg police responded to a report Tuesday morning of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road. Investigators later determined that a technician's maintenance equipment was mistaken for a firearm.

      Schaumburg police responded to a report Tuesday morning of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road. Investigators later determined that a technician's maintenance equipment was mistaken for a firearm.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg police responded to a report Tuesday morning of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road. Investigators later determined that a technician's maintenance equipment was mistaken for a firearm.

      Schaumburg police responded to a report Tuesday morning of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road. Investigators later determined that a technician's maintenance equipment was mistaken for a firearm.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • An erroneous report of an armed man inside a Schaumburg office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road led to a partial evacuation Tuesday morning, authorities said. Others in the building sheltered in place.

      An erroneous report of an armed man inside a Schaumburg office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road led to a partial evacuation Tuesday morning, authorities said. Others in the building sheltered in place.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg police responded in force Tuesday morning to reports of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road.

      Schaumburg police responded in force Tuesday morning to reports of a suspicious man with a gun in an office complex at 150 N. Martingale Road.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Technicians carrying maintenance equipment that was mistaken for a gun sparked a partial evacuation and large police response to a Schaumburg office complex Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Police were called to the complex at 150 N. Martingale Road about 10:50 a.m. in response to reports of a suspicious man with a gun. There was no indication of shots fired and police found no firearm or anyone injured, Schaumburg police Sgt. Christy Lindhurst said.

A review of surveillance footage confirmed that the original report was incorrect and there never was a threat, she added.

Nonetheless, Lindhurst said the error doesn't change the department's advice that "if you see something, say something."

All procedures during the investigation worked as they were intended, Lindhurst added. Police left the scene about 12:30 p.m.

Some businesses chose to evacuate during the investigation, others sheltered employees in place.

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