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Man surrenders to SWAT team after barricade situation inside Gurnee hotel

SWAT teams and police respond Friday morning to a hotel in the 3700 block of Grand Avenue in Gurnee | Photo by Rachel Swanson.

A wanted man barricaded himself inside a hotel room in Gurnee Friday morning before surrendering to a SWAT team hours later.

The Gurnee Police Department said that officers were conducting a business check at the FairBridge Inn Express, 3740 Grand Avenue.

A vehicle in the parking lot indicated the registered owner had an active felony warrant and officers went into the hotel to investigate further, police officials said.

Gurnee police officers made contact with the registered owner shortly before 9:00 a.m. at his hotel room. The man was told he was under arrest and given multiple commands to exit the room, police said.

He refused to comply with the officers’ requests, barricaded himself in the room and implied he had a weapon, police said. No one else was inside the hotel room at the time.

Officers set up a perimeter around the hotel and evacuated the surrounding area. The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) was activated, bringing additional police officers and SWAT to the scene to aid with the situation.

“After speaking with negotiators for several hours, the man surrendered peacefully without incident. No officers were injured and there was no threat to the public,” police officials said in a statement.

The man was not injured but he was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.


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