Sheriff’s deputies successfully deescalated a two-hour standoff with an armed man in Zion after he allegedly pulled a gun on a woman and took her car near Grayslake.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday to the 18600 block of West Wright Road in unincorporated Grayslake for a report of an aggravated assault with a firearm.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned the suspect was Gregory Bradshaw, 33, of the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue in Zion.
Bradshaw took the victim’s vehicle from her residence without her knowledge and went to a home in the 18600 block of Wright Road in unincorporated Grayslake.
Bradshaw and the victim are acquaintances and were living in the same residence at the time, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
The victim went to the residence in unincorporated Grayslake to retrieve her vehicle and was confronted by Bradshaw.
During the confrontation, Bradshaw brandished a pistol and pointed it at the victim, Covelli said. Bradshaw fled in the victim’s vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies located Bradshaw as he returned to his residence in the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue in Zion.
Sheriff’s deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop on Bradshaw but he ignored the instructions of sheriff’s deputies and remained non-compliant and barricaded in the vehicle, Covelli said.
Sheriff’s negotiators responded to the scene. Sheriff’s deputies and sheriff’s negotiators communicated with Bradshaw for nearly two hours.
After two hours of communication, the man eventually exited the car and was taken into custody without any force, Covelli said.
A loaded firearm and a spare magazine were recovered from the vehicle.
Bradshaw was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of ammunition.
“Yet again, the high level of training our sheriff’s deputies receive paid off. Working as a team, they deescalated a very tense situation and this individual was taken into custody without any deputies being injured and without force being needed,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.
“I am very proud of the work of all my staff on the scene of this incident and thankful for the assistance Zion Police Department provided,” Idleburg said.
Bradshaw is scheduled to appear at an initial court hearing Wednesday.