Suspect surrenders after 19-hour standoff with police in Calumet City mobile park


CALUMET CITY, Ill. – A standoff that lasted over 19 hours between an armed shooting suspect and Calumet City police and local SWAT ended Monday morning after the suspect surrendered peacefully, according to police.

Police said there were no other hostages or anyone inside with the suspect. He was safely taken into custody with charges pending.

Details are limited but authorities confirm their response to 100 block of State Street following an altercation between two men, a 52-year-old and a 62-year-old, near a Calumet City mobile home community around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to a police spokesperson, shots were fired and a male victim was taken to the hospital.

After the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside one of the mobile homes on Maple Court and fired shots at the police. SWAT was called to assist in what police initially treated as a “hostage/barricade situation.”

“The SWAT team came in and said ‘you got to go,’ We got to go,” said neighbor Stephan Pedretti.

Pedretti later described the sounds of gunfire that echoed throughout the neighborhood Sunday afternoon. “Pop, pop, pop, on the inside of the trailer,” he said.

Officers did not fire back at the gunman and instead sought cover, according to Calumet City Police Chief Kevin Koloch. No injuries have been reported.

“Negotiators are in contact with the suspect and conversations are continuing,” Chief Koloch added.

The standoff continues to unfold in a community that backs up to Interstate-94. As a result, Illinois State Police shut down the expressway before its reopening at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Neighbors told WGN that they’ve heard the suspect firing his guns at night in the past and he has also alluded to violence.

“He told me he wasn’t going back to jail no more,” said neighbor Larry Sims. “He’d kill cops and anybody else.”

Police said Monday morning that negotiations with the suspect continue with no surrender from him yet.

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