Man in custody after SWAT team response in Lockport standoff
February 27, 2014 (LOCKPORT, Ill.) (WLS) -- A Lockport man was taken into police custody after a standoff involving SWAT teams at a home on Jefferson Street in the southwest suburb.
Police responded to a call of shots fired at the home around 4:30 a.m. Police say the suspect, who has not been charged, got into a fight with his wife, kicked her out of the house, and then started firing a handgun at neighboring homes.
"Because the police came and I could see that the woman who was in that house came out, it felt like they had it under control. So I had to go to work in the morning, so I went back to sleep. When I was woken up, a gunshot came into my bedroom wall and the plaster came onto my head," Cynthia Rodriguez, neighbor, said.
"This is a tough situation because there are homes right next door. It would have been difficult to evacuate the people in those homes, so we told them to go in their basements," Chief Terry Lemming said.
Officials surrounded the home and called in a SWAT team. The 41-year-old man stayed holed up inside the home until 9:30 a.m. Police say a negotiator talked the suspect into coming out.
A man wearing a bathrobe was surrounded by a SWAT team and taken into custody. That SWAT team then moved into the home.
Officials said the man did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The suspect has no recent criminal history, police said.
The incident prompted police to send robo-calls to residents the area that told them to stay inside their homes and away from the windows. One woman said School District 91 called her home to say children who live in the area will be excused from school due to the situation. School officials said the buildings were put on heightened security.
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