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Update: Four-hour standoff in DeKalb over; man in custody after threatening police

Police responded to 500 block of Ball Avenue Monday night due to mental health crisis

Heavy police presence at the corner of Ball Avenue and Fourth Street blocked the area from vehicle and foot traffic Monday, across the street from the DeKalb Park District's Sports and Recreation Center and Huntley Middle School.
Heavy police presence at the corner of Ball Avenue and Fourth Street blocked the area from vehicle and foot traffic Monday, across the street from the DeKalb Park District's Sports and Recreation Center and Huntley Middle School.

DeKALB - After more than four hours of standoff, DeKalb police arrested a man who had barricaded himself inside a home in the 500 block of Ball Avenue late Monday into early Tuesday, after police say he made multiple threats against the officers.

"There were threats with weapons made," said Police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas, who said the man was taken into custody around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, after a standoff with DeKalb police began shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.

Lekkas declined to give additional information about the man since charges were still pending early Tuesday as police executed a search warrant of the home.

The police department issued an alert shortly after 8 p.m. Monday warning residents to avoid the area and shelter in place until further notice due to increased police activity. Heavy police presence at the corner of Ball Avenue and Fourth Street blocked the area from vehicle and foot traffic Monday, across the street from the DeKalb Park District's Sports and Recreation Center and Huntley Middle School.

Lekkas said it was discovered there was one other person in the one-story home, but that person voluntarily came outside at the request of police.

As of 9:30 p.m., police had not entered the home where the man was barricaded. DeKalb interim Police Chief John Petragallo said police believed the situation could have involved a mental health crisis, and responded accordingly.

Around 12:30 a.m Tuesday, Lekkas said charges were pending against the man, who's made multiple threats to police officers, and that the man would also undergo a behavioral health assessment. Lekkas said police were able to enter the man's home after obtaining a search warrant, and were in the process of investigating what, if any, weapons were in the man's possession.

DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies also responded to the scene.

Lekkas said police reopened the roads shortly after midnight.