Suspect in custody after prominent attorney fatally shot inside home in Northfield

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NORTHFIELD, Ill. -- Police have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a prominent attorney during a domestic dispute at a home in Northfield, according to police.

Police said a man was found fatally shot inside a home on the 200 block of Latrobe Avenue in Northfield around 8 p.m. Monday.

The man has been identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as 71-year-old Stephen Shapiro, a Chicago attorney.

The shooting led police to Winnetka where a male murder suspect barricaded himself inside a building near Tower and Green Bay Rd.

The standoff lasted for hours as police and SWAT teams attempted to capture the suspect.

Around 11 p.m., a middle-aged man wearing glasses, black shorts and black shirt was escorted out of the building in handcuffs by SWAT team members.

Northfield police commanders are anticipating that criminal charges will be filed against the man.

According to Northfield police, the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are involved in the investigation.

Shapiro was a partner at the Mayer Brown law firm in Chicago, where he was the founder and senior member of the firm's Supreme Court and appellate practice, according to the Chicago Tribune.

His firm partners released the following statement:

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Steve Shapiro, our friend and colleague. Steve joined our firm in 1972 and was promoted to partner in 1978, becoming one of the most accomplished appellate lawyers in the United States. Our thoughts are with Steve’s family at this difficult time.


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