SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — Police shot and killed a man after he opened fire on negotiators early Wednesday, police said, ending an armed standoff that began when he wounded three officers responding to a call of shots fired in a South Elgin condo building.
Neighbor Samantha Point said she knew it wasn’t fireworks when she heard as many as a dozen shots fired before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Patrolmen rushing to the 300 block of WoodRidge Circle were allegedly greeted by vulgarities and threats from 52-year-old Frank Dripps before he opened fire with a shotgun.
South Elgin Police Sgt. Mike Doty says three officers were hit by gunfire, suffering non life-threatening injuries. Police didn’t initially return fire, and about a dozen area police departments and two SWAT teams responded to the scene. After setting up a perimeter around the building, police evacuated nearby residents from their homes, Doty said.
Armed with a scoped rifle and a shotgun, police say Dripps barricaded himself inside a stairwell and was yelling vulgarities at police, saying he would, “shoot officers if they came at him.” Specially-trained negotiators attempted to talk him down throughout the four-hour standoff, during which police say he raised the weapons to his shoulder “off and on.”
After retreating to his condo unit, police say the 52-year-old came charging out opening fire on police around 2:30 a.m. A SWAT team returned fire, and Dripps was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Doty said no one else was inside the condo during the standoff.
Dripps and his wife began renting the condo a few months ago and were “down on their luck,” the son of the condo’s owner, Matthew Horne, told The Courier-News. Horne said Dripps asked residents of the building to take care of his wife before the standoff began.
“He said a bunch of weird stuff … and then went into his room and came out with the guns,” Horne said.