An armed barricade situation on the north end of Brookfield on Feb. 9 concluded without incident at 2:30 p.m., about four hours after police responded to a home in the 9000 block of Bartlett Avenue for a domestic incident.
After a tense period lasting about an hour during which the man inside the home broke out some windows as police negotiators attempted to coax him outside, the man, reportedly in his 60s, walked out the front door of the home wearing a winter coat and holding a mug of coffee.
Paramedics transported the man to a hospital for evaluation, said Brookfield Police Chief Edward Petrak.
Police from Brookfield and surrounding communities cordoned off the area between Sunnyside and Maple avenues, from 30th Street to Roach Avenue beginning around 10:30 a.m. when the initial 911 call came in.
There was no one else inside the home during the standoff with the man, who reportedly was armed with a shotgun. The man never threatened police with the weapon, Petrak said.
A team of negotiators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police took command of the scene; they were supported by a special response team, essentially a tactical unit, from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS).
Police did not get much of a response from the man inside the home for about three hours, but at about 1:30 p.m., apparently in response to attempts by police to reach him, the man responded by breaking out some windows and yelling at police.
An hour later, after the man was able to talk to a family member, he agreed to come out of the home, walking through the front door and down the sidewalk to police who took him into custody without further incident.
Police remained on the scene afterward to clear the home, but reopened the area to traffic.