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Caseyville standoff ends with tear gas and arrest

Man taken into custody after standoff in Caseyville

Police from Belleville, Caseyville, Wood River, Collinsville and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene, as well as the unified command vehicle and approximately 20 officers in SWAT-type gear.
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Police from Belleville, Caseyville, Wood River, Collinsville and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene, as well as the unified command vehicle and approximately 20 officers in SWAT-type gear.

A daylong standoff ended when police used tear gas to force an armed man to come out of his house and surrender.

The standoff began at about 8:30 a.m. when Terry Porter, 46, called 911, requesting removal of someone from his home in the 8700 block of Botanical Avenue, according to Caseyville Police Chief Tom Coppotelli.

Porter was known to police at the time of the call, and when officers arrived, they found him agitated. He began yelling at the officers and slammed the door on them, according to a news release from the department. Porter went to another door in the front of the house, this time armed with a firearm, police say. He then verbally threatened the officers and retreated inside.

Caseyville officers set up a perimeter around the house and called in the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Special Response Team for assistance executing an arrest warrant for Porter.

Porter was eventually seen exiting the house at about 3:30 p.m., wearing only underwear and socks, and with his hands up. After he came out, police sat him on the back of a SWAT vehicle, and he was visibly agitated and yelling.

Terry Porter mugshot
Terry Porter

Felony charges filed against Porter in St. Clair County Court on Thursday alleged that he threatened detectives Michael Reel and Doug Hubbard, and was armed with a black, long-barreled firearm despite a revoked firearm owner’s identification card.

Porter was charged with two counts of threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony. He also is accused of calling 911 for a false complaint, which is charged as disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony; and with possession of a firearm with a revoked firearm identification card, a Class 3 felony.

Bail was set at $100,000 on the four charges. No one was injured in the standoff, according to Coppotelli.

Caseyville Police Chief Tom Coppotelli gives details about the event.

According to Madison County court records, Porter was served Jan. 9 with a summons on an order of protection. A hearing is set for Feb. 16.

Porter has some other charges on his record. A prior charge of resisting a peace officer was dismissed, with other charges amended to assault and reckless conduct. Other charges of disorderly conduct, driving under the influence of alcohol and making a false report to 911 were dismissed.

During the standoff, police could be heard telling Porter to “exit residence” on a bullhorn. “Hands in the air, step out here,” could be heard from a block away.

Police from Belleville, Caseyville, Wood River, Collinsville and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene, as well as the unified command vehicle and approximately 20 officers in SWAT-like gear.

BND reporter Mary Cooley contributed to this story.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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