CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department engaged in an hours-long standoff in the Lakeview neighborhood Tuesday.
Police said SWAT teams originally responded to an incident in the 1000 block of West George Street related to an armed individual inside a residence around 2 p.m.
According to police, the armed individual is a man who allegedly shot two dogs — one who has since died — that were being walked off-leash in an alley earlier Tuesday afternoon.
CPD and SWAT teams cased the area and made contact with the armed man around 7 p.m.
After talking to the man, police said it was discovered he is a valid concealed carry license and FOID holder. The man allegedly said he felt threatened by the dogs before shooting them.
According to police, the armed man exchanged words with a woman who was walking the two dogs and as he walked around a corner, the dogs allegedly followed him, and he shot them both before walking back into a residence where officers believe he lives.
The man who shot the dogs is not in police custody and the weapon in question has not been recovered, however, police do not believe the situation to be a threat to public safety.
Police also questioned the owner of the dogs, who also has not faced any repercussions from the incident. It is against municipal code for a dog to be off-leash.