Armed police, EMS patrolling neighborhood near west Belleville senior apartments
The standoff in a west Belleville apartment community ended Wednesday evening when an armed and suicidal man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Belleville police Lt. Todd Keilbach confirmed the man died at approximately 7 p.m. The man’s name has not been released.
Armored Belleville police officers and SWAT team members were called to the 100 block of Lauren Circle at about 1:10 p.m. Neighboring apartment buildings, including parts of the the Westfield Manor senior apartments, were evacuated.
Officers on the scene were informed the male was alone in the apartment, had made suicidal comments and was armed with a firearm, Belleville police said.
Keilbach said police secured the scene and waited until the Belleville SWAT team and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department’s tactical team arrived to enter the residence. A single gunshot was heard during that time.
After multiple attempts to talk and negotiate with the man failed, the tactical teams entered the into the apartment, where they found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police had blocked off Hillside Lane that leads to Lauren Circle. Nearby, residents at the back half of the Westfield Manor senior apartments were taken to the building lobby, Angie Prost, community manager at the apartments, said. They waited there since before 3 p.m., she said.
KTVI-TV, which had a helicopter on scene, reported that a baby and two older women were seen escaping from an apartment window. They and other residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly after 7 p.m.