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Sheriff: Standoff ensued after man pointed shotgun at deputies in Lake Villa

Frank D. Frano, 58, of Lake Villa.

A Lake Villa man was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after allegedly pointing a shotgun at sheriff’s deputies responding to a noise complaint early Tuesday morning.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 36900 block of North Terry Drive East in Lake Villa Township for a noise complaint.

The 911 caller said that he could hear his neighbor’s television playing from across the street. The complainant tried to speak to his neighbor, 58-year-old Frank D. Frano, when Frano began cursing at him, according to Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli.

Sheriff’s deputies knocked on Frano’s door and announced themselves as Lake County Sheriff’s deputies, Covelli said. Police saw Frano on a chair in the living room and after several minutes of the man not responding to deputies, Frano left the living room and returned a short time later armed with a shotgun.

“Frano then pointed the shotgun toward the door where the sheriff’s deputies were standing and charged the weapon (as if loading a round into the chamber),” Covelli said.

The sheriff’s deputies retreated and told Frano to put the shotgun down. A 30 minute standoff ensued between Frano and police before the man surrendered after a sheriff’s office negotiator talked the man out of the home unarmed.

Frano was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and Frano was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

He was released from custody on a $1,500 recognizance bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on October 22.


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