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Update: Man Fires Gun; 75 Police, SWAT Converge on Northbrook Subdivision

Three-hour armed standoff ends peacefully as police take 51-year-old Northbrook man into custody.

Last updated at 10:53 p.m.

Helicopters, police dogs and a police SWAT team converged on the Villas Salceda subdivision in Northbrook Thursday afternoon to coax an armed man out of his home after he got into a fight with his parents.

The 51-year-old man, who lives with his elderly parents, got into a verbal dispute with his mother and father around 3:30 p.m., according to Northbrook Police Chief Charles Wernick, who held a press conference at the Northbrook Police Department at 8 p.m. Thursday night.

At some point, the son fired a shot, at no one in particular, according to Wernick. No one was injured.

Leaving his wife behind, the man’s father went to the police station to report the fight.

“He stated there were multiple weapons in the home,” Wernick said.

Police cordoned off an area around the 2500 block of Salceda Drive for roughly three hours as they made repeated attempts to contact the man. 

“We got the mother out safely a while later and the son was home alone,” Wernick said.

Theodora Kahn, who was visiting her parents in the Villas Salcedas subdivision, said she saw police with dogs create a perimeter around the neighborhood, and spotted helicopters as well. She said she also heard police speaking to someone with a bullhorn.

“It happens just like it does on TV," she said. 

All three entry points to the subdivision—on Willow, Pfingsten and Shermer roads—were blocked off. Police set up a staging area for their vehicles, along with ambulances and fire engines, in the parking lot of next door.

"They were not letting anybody into the complex," said Julie Heinz, a manager of nearby .

Sometime after 7 p.m., the man surrendered peacefully and was transported to the hospital for observation, according to Chief Wernick. The weapons were collected as evidence and confiscated.

Police have not yet released his name, and charges are still pending, he said.

The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Response Team was activated, meaning a call went out for help to dozens of nearby municipalities. All told, 75 police officers came to the scene, according to Wernick. Patch spotted emergency responders from Glenview, Glencoe and Morton Grove. One officer told Patch that police came from as far as Countryside.

Ongoing activities were canceled at nearby schools, including  and . The high school held its parents’ night tonight, and about 2,000 people descended on the general area at the same time, Wernick said.

The department had officers on site and everything went smoothly from their standpoint, he added. The junior high was temporarily locked down, but police eventually allowed parents to come and pick up children participating in after school activities like sports practice.

Stay tuned to Patch for updates as we find out more information and report the official word from police.

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