Waukegan police, SWAT surround home of alleged shooter
BY JUDY MASTERSON firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2013 3:26PM
During the standoff, Waukegan police closed off several streets within a three block radius of the 300 block of George Avenue. | JUDY MASTERSON~SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Updated: October 22, 2013 6:10AM
(NOTE: Sources reported that the standoff on the south side of Waukegan ended late Friday night and the suspect was apprehended. Check back here during the weekend for the latest update on the incident and arrest.)
Waukegan police and SWAT officers remained outside a three-flat on the south side of the city Friday evening after a man apparently barricaded himself inside after an early morning dispute with a woman.
Sgt. David DeBaufer said police believe the man may be the shooter in a Sept. 13 incident at the same address in which a man was shot in the buttocks. The home is located on the 300 block of George Avenue.
“The guy we believe is in the house is the person we have an arrest warrant on and we believe is the offender in that incident,” DeBaufer said.
DeBaufer identified the man as Donald Palmer, who lives at 300 George Ave. He did not know Palmer’s age.
Police first arrived at the home around 9 a.m., according to neighbors.
Nick Tyler, who lives southeast on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, said he put up a fence Friday morning when he heard a fight between a couple.
Tyler said he’s seen them fight before, but this morning’s dispute led to the suspect allegedly chasing a women into and out of the home.
The suspect ultimately grabbed a gun and pinned the woman to the ground in the alley behind the home, Tyler said. She was able to get loose and drive away, Tyler added.
DeBaufer said two people, a father and grown son, exited the building early on in the incident.
“We don’t believe there’s anyone else in the building,” he said.
Between 4 and 5 p.m., officers continued to shout orders for the suspect to “come out with your hands up.” It was unknown if the suspect was still in the house, but DeBaufer said police continued to operate as if he was.
At press time, officers remained on the scene and no one was in custody.
During the standoff, police closed off several streets within a three block radius of the home. Residents in the area were able to leave their homes with an escort, police said, but couldn’t get back in until the situation was resolved.
Students who walk home from nearby Carman-Buckner Elementary were forced to wait for parents to pick them up, said Waukegan schools spokesman Nick Alajakis.
“They’re just doing it for our safety to keep us away in case the bullets start flying,” said Rosalyn Finch, 53, of Waukegan, who was visiting her sister in the nearby Utica Street Housing Project. “We just hope he comes out alive.”