Metro-East News

Belleville man surrenders to police following standoff

A standoff ended Saturday morning with a 29-year-old Belleville man surrendering to police.

Police were called just after midnight, when neighbors in the Friendly Drive neighborhood reported gunshots being fired. Officers determined the gunfire was coming from the residence of Vance Whitten, who lives in the 100 block of Friendly Drive, according to a press release.

Officers surrounded the residence as gunfire continued inside and on the property near the house. A witness told officers he saw Whitten leave the house and shoot several rounds into the ground.

Officers attempted to contact Whitten throughout the night, but he would not respond. The detectives left and applied for a search warrant, according to the release.

At about 7:45 a.m., police returned with the search warrant, and Whitten surrendered. Police say no one was injured and that Whitten was alone inside the house at the time.

He was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $10,000.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6