Troy IL residents return home after police standoff forces evacuation

3:52 AM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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TROY, Ill. (KSDK) - Various law enforcement agencies converged on a subdivision in Troy, Illinois Monday afternoon after a man reported to be distraught and suicidal barricaded himself in a home.

The standoff involved members of the Troy Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, and Illinois State Police.

The situation ended just before 3:00 a.m. Tuesday after authorities discharged a chemical irritant into the home, following lengthy negotiations broke down with the man inside the residence.

Police say the man was transported to a hospital for self inflicted injuries including a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities blocked off the 500 block of Wood Thrush Street, located in a subdivision off Riggin Road, less than one mile south of Interstate 70.

Residents in the neighborhood said a man was walking up and down the street brandishing a weapon earlier in the day. Troy Police say they received no such reports, and that the man has been alone during the entire ordeal.

Detective Sgt. James Newcombe, with Troy police said it started at 10:40 a.m. Monday with a 911 call about a distraught, suicidal person.

Once on scene, the unidentified man made repeated threats to himself and to police officiers if they were to try to apprehend him.

Police have evacuated people from homes on a couple streets in the vicinity of Woodthrush. People who were evacuated were welcomed to go to a community center in a nearby park.

Sgt. Newcombe also said police made alternative bus arrangements with an area school.

"School only had a half day today," said Sgt. Newcombe. "We contacted the school in this area to ask them to hold buses from this area. And we arranged for a different drop-off point for the kids; they sent out notices for the parents."

Sgt. Newcombe said law enforcement officers from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System also assisted on the scene.



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