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Suspect arrested, lockdown lifted for two Lake Villa schools

Updated: January 12, 2014 6:24AM

Schools in Lake Villa were put under lockdown for most of the day Tuesday because of a report of a man with a gun that turned into a barricaded subject incident where the person was taken into custody early in the afternoon.

Lake Villa School District 41 posted on its website that the Lake Villa Police Department informed them of a report of a person in the area with a rifle.

“We have put Pleviak School and Palombi School on a precautionary lockdown,” according to a comment on the website of the elementary schools at 304 E. Grand Ave. and 133 McKinley. A police officer has been stationed at Pleviak. Under the lockdown, no one can leave or enter the buildings. The nearby Prince of Peace Catholic school was also under lockdown.

Mayor Frank Loffredo said that situation is contained. “There’s an individual in his own home and he’s threatening to do something.”

Police had the home at 224 Burnette surrounded with the assistance of deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and other area departments. Shortly after 2 p.m. police told the school that the suspect was in custody.

Police personnel made telephone contact with the distraught person and were able to talk him out of the home un-armed. The man was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for an evaluation by medical staff, Roth said. The man’s wife had called police and was able to leave the home.

A loaded rifle and other assorted weapons were removed from the home. The chain of events will be reviewed with the Lake County State Attorney for possible charges. Roth thanked surrounding agencies for their assistance and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and his tactical team for assisting in the incident.

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