Police officers and a SWAT team were able to resolve a several-hour-long situation where a subject was in mental health crisis and had access to a gun in Woodstock, officials said.
The Woodstock Police Department responded around 1:06 p.m. Thursday to a residence on Laurel Avenue near Kimball Street in Woodstock.
Woodstock Police Department Chief John Lieb said a call was made regarding a mental health well-being check.
Officers received information that there was possibly a firearm in the residence.
A perimeter was established and attempts were made to contact the subject, Lieb said.
A police supervisor requested the assistance of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team to provide additional expertise and assets.
“The concern was the presence of the firearm in close proximity of someone experiencing a mental health crisis,” Lieb said.
A negotiations team within the Woodstock Police Department was able to make telephone contact with the subject for a brief period of time but contact was lost.
Specialized equipment and assets from the MCSO SWAT Team were used to determine the person’s status and location, Lieb said.
Sheriff’s deputies and officers were able to enter the residence and secure the subject around 4 p.m.
Paramedics transported them to a local hospital for mental health assistance.
“There was never any danger to the community at-large, however, nearby residents and the D200 Administration were notified in an abundance of caution to advise them of the police activity,” Lieb said.
No criminal charges are being considered in the incident.
The Woodstock Police Department thanked NERCOM dispatchers, the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for their help in “safely resolving the incident in an expeditious manner.”