TROY — Police say they will meet with prosecutors this week to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against a gun wielding man who was forced out his home early Tuesday by police.
The man, who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was recovering in a hospital. His name was not released.
On Monday morning, the man barricaded himself in his home in the 500 block of Wood Thrush and refused to come out. He was alone, but he had a firearm. Police evacuated homes for a few blocks, and tried to negotiate the man's surrender. Eventually the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System special response team was requested, and tactical officers helped secure the area.
The man kept speaking with negotiators for more than 12 hours, according to Troy Det. Sgt. James Newcombe. Once negotiations stopped, however, officers used a chemical irritant to smoke him out of the house.
In that time, they had gone through two professional negotiators from the FBI, Newcombe said. "It's mentally exhausting for them," he said.
The man emerged from his house just before 3 a.m. Tuesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which police believe he suffered prior to their arrival. He was rushed to an area hospital and had surgery on Tuesday. While his condition was not released, Newcombe said it is indicated that he will survive.
Newcombe would not say what consequences the man will face upon his release from the hospital. He said they do want to make sure he gets the help he needs. Troy police will confer with the Madison County State's Attorney's Office in the next couple of days.
Residents who had been forced out of their homes most of the day were allowed back about 3 a.m. Tuesday. While police had set up a warming station at the nearby Weismeyer Center, the Hawkey family was sleeping in their truck near their home on Wood Thrush.
"It was no big deal," Ronnie Hawkey said. "They had a job to do and they did it." Pam Hawkey agreed, though she said she did wish they had resolved the situation sooner.
Krystal Lampe and her family didn't go back at 3 a.m.; they had long since taken her two small children to her mother's house nearby. "I wish they would have just gone in instead of putting a whole street of families out of their homes," she said.
At one point Monday night, a man drove by one of the police barricades and shouted obscenities at the police, urging them to storm the house and "do your (expletive) jobs." He drove away before police could react.
"People did get agitated -- they were out of their homes," Newcombe said. "We are sorry for their inconvenience, but we had to keep the area clear; he had a gun."
Newcombe said the cooperation of so many law enforcement agencies was "fantastic," and a "very good example of teamwork." Tactical officers from dozens of police and sheriff's departments as well as Illinois State Police joined together to secure the area. Newcombe praised the officers' response "to help us with our problem ... out in the elements and risking their lives."
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