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Crime & Courts

Hours-long police standoff resolved peacefully in DeKalb

DeKalb, sheriff's deputies deployed in neighborhood for almost 5 hours on Monday

DeKALB – A confrontation that led to police spending hours in the neighborhood near the intersection of Haish Boulevard and Bush Street was resolved about 2:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

DeKalb police responded to a call about 9:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Haish Boulevard on Monday morning, DeKalb police Cmdr. Craig Woodruff said.

“We responded for a mental health problem,” Woodruff said. The call warned officers a man inside the home could be armed.

“We did not believe there was any danger to the public at that time, but because of those circumstances, that’s when the [Special Operations Team] rolls out,” Woodruff said.

The special operations team – composed of specially trained offers from DeKalb, Sycamore, DeKalb County Sheriff and Northern Illinois University police – responded.

For about the next five hours, police engaged in a standoff with the resident, which ultimately ended peacefully. At one point, officers tossed a microphone into the house to communicate with the man inside.

“We always respond with an abundance of caution,” Woodruff said.

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