Police officials say a convicted felon has been charged after he allegedly chased down a food delivery driver and fired seven shots at the victim, resulting in a SWAT standoff in Antioch.
The Antioch Police Department responded around 10:30 p.m. Saturday to the 1200 block of Main Street for several 911 calls of shots fired.
Officers arrived at the Country Manor Apartments and met with a delivery driver from a local restaurant.
The driver was making food deliveries in the area and arrived at the complex with a delivery, police officials said.
He was met by Travis R. Malott, 34, who resides at the apartments.
The delivery driver told investigators that Malott recognized him from a prior dispute.
Malott allegedly displayed a pistol and chased the driver to his vehicle, police officials said.
Police officials said the delivery driver attempted to flee and Malott fired several rounds at him and his vehicle. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.
Malott retreated into his apartment and was initially uncooperative with responding officers.
A callout was made for additional police officers from surrounding police agencies to assist.
The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team (NIPAS EST) was also requested to assist.
The immediate area was blocked off for several hours, including a portion of Main Street.
Malott eventually surrendered following a standoff and was taken into custody just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Malott’s apartment and two weapons were recovered.
Seven spent shell casings were also recovered from the parking lot of the apartment complex, police officials said.
Malott, a convicted felon, was charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony, and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony.
Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow said he is grateful for the assistance of NIPAS and other neighboring law enforcement agencies to bring a peaceful resolution to the dangerous situation.
“Having the resources and collaboration of our partner agencies, including the NIPAS swat team, is critical in bringing peaceful resolutions to situations like this,” Guttschow said.
“Our department is grateful for the dedication of the officers who comprise the NIPAS organization, and the members of the neighboring police departments who responded quickly and worked diligently to keep our community safe,” he added.
Malott is scheduled to appear in First Appearance Court on Tuesday morning.