A man, who allegedly made statements about killing himself and others while armed with a gun, was taken into custody Monday following a series of events that left a sheriff’s deputy injured near Woodstock.
Thomas J. Smith, 57, of the 7100 block of Huntley Road in Crystal Lake, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of assault, domestic battery, resisting a peace officer causing injury, illegal possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of cannabis.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1:18 p.m. Monday to the 7100 block of Huntley Road in unincorporated Crystal Lake for a 911 call of a domestic battery.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Matusek said that deputies learned the victim was battered and threatened with a weapon by the suspect, who was identified as Smith.
The victim and two children were able to safely escape the residence.
Smith then barricaded himself in the home where he had access to a loaded handgun and continued to make homicidal and suicidal statements, Matusek said.
Sheriff’s deputies, trained in crisis intervention, attempted to deescalate the situation.
Smith refused to communicate and continued to barricade himself inside the residence.
Deputies were able to confirm that Smith was not an imminent threat to others and they left the scene. Smith remained in the residence.
Later that evening, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a car crash in the 10300 block of Lucas Road in unincorporated Woodstock.
Deputies found Smith “heavily intoxicated” and in possession of a handgun, Matusek said.
Smith refused to cooperate with deputies and resisted arrest, resulting in injuries to a deputy.
Paramedics with the Woodstock Fire Rescue District transported the deputy to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
Smith was involuntarily transported to an area hospital due to his homicidal and suicidal statements, Matusek said.
Smith remains held in the McHenry County Jail on a $20,000 bond, meaning he would need to post $2,000 cash in order to be released. A court hearing is scheduled for October 15.