Crime

Suspect in Illinois 3 standoff shoots himself, surrenders, police say

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A man in a standoff with police on Illinois 3 shot himself Sunday afternoon, police said.

Maj. Ken Rozell with the Granite City Police Department said the man’s mother called police just before 1 p.m., saying she was concerned because he had a gun and was acting erratically.

The man, identified as Chad Browning, from Missouri, had pulled over on the side of the road on Illinois 3, where police officers found him.

Tammy Wallace, a witness at the scene, said she saw multiple police cars surrounding a black Dodge Challenger at about 2 p.m. Officers closed down a northbound section of Illinois 3 from 20th Street to Rock Road that remained closed at 4 p.m.

Rozell said an Illinois State Police negotiating team spoke to Browning on his cellphone and through a loud speaker. Police could not say exactly when Browning shot himself or identify the type of gun he used.

Rozell said charges would not be filed against Browning.

“He just needed help,” Rozell said. “He came out on his own accord.”

Multiple witnesses said they saw a white man with blonde hair exit the Dodge Challenger with his hands held down at his sides. They stated that the man walked around to the rear of the car and leaned over the trunk. At that point, police officers apprehended him, placing him in an ambulance that left the scene.

“He was bleeding,” Rozell said.

Witnesses said Browning had blood on the front of his shirt, coming from his nose, on the front of his pants and the seat of his pants. His condition was not immediately available.

Multiple agencies responded to the area, including Granite City Police, Illinois State Police and the Madison County Sheriff.

Volunteer firefighters were ordered to come into the city fire station at 2240 Rock Road, according to a dispatcher there.

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George Pawlaczyk: 618-239-2625, @gapawlaczyk

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