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SWAT team called after suicidal man barricades himself in Harvard home

A SWAT team responded Thursday morning when a suicidal man barricaded himself inside a home in the 400 block of South Eastman Street in Harvard | Photo: Alex Vucha.

A missing suicidal man surrendered to a SWAT team after he locked himself inside a home in Harvard and made threats Thursday morning, police said.

The Harvard Police Department responded at 11:01 a.m. Thursday to the 500 block of East Diggins Street for a report of a suicidal man who fled the area.

Police expanded their search for him and located the man around 11:54 a.m. locked inside a residence in the 400 block of Eastman Street. The man refused to come out and made threats, officials said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called and residents in the area along with the Harvard Community Unit School District 50 were told to shelter-in-place.

The man surrendered around 2:30 p.m. following police negotiations and he was transported by ambulance to Mercy Harvard Hospital for medical treatment.

No charges will be filed and no injuries were reported during the incident, the Harvard Police Department said.

“The Harvard Police Department thanks the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and the Harvard Fire Protection District for their response as well as the residents of Harvard for their patience,” the department said in a press release.


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