Gurnee standoff ends after suspect hears friend’s recording
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2012 12:42PM
Gurnee Police collect evidence at 4430 Raven Court after a stand off situation. A person barricaded himself in the home with a firearm but eventually gave himself up to police. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:55AM
GURNEE — A Zion man upset about his relationship with a woman stormed a home early Friday morning and fired off several shots from a revolver before barricading himself inside the home in a neighborhood near two schools.
Kendrick Augillard, 34, of the 4200 block of Barberry Lane, was taken into custody around 10:15 a.m., and after conferring with the Lake County States Attorney’s Office, he was charged with home invasion (a class X felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in the penitentiary), residential burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated cruelty to a companion animal, violation of an order of protection and possession of a weapon with no firearms owners’ identification card.
More charges may be forthcoming.
Augillard walked out of the house in the 4400 block of Raven Court after hearing a recording of his longtime friend, Robert Foster, 34, of Beach Park, who Augillard had texted around 6:35 a.m. saying, “Sorry, sorry everyone.”
“At first I thought it was someone who had the wrong number because he sent it to a couple of people,” said Foster, who volunteered to go into the house, but police deemed that too dangerous. He called Augillard his best friend, but they had lost contact in the past year.
Gurnee Police Chief Kevin Woodside said Augillard went into the home and allegedly fired some shots off at a woman, a former girlfriend who had an order of protection against him. He missed her but shot the family dog, which is recovering at an animal hopsital. There were three people in the home, the woman and two small children, ages 6 and 10.
“Just before 7 a.m., we got a call from a home in the 4400 block of Raven Court there was man in the house firing a gun,” Woodside said. “The residents escaped and were evacuated from the scene.”
He said no one was injured.
Police sent a 9-1-1 alert call to neighbors to warn them to remain inside their homes and lock their doors.
Foster said his friend texted him: “I put the family in danger, I really love those kids, I can’t believe I did that.” Foster decided to go to the scene because his friend “was being a little suicidal.”
“He said he was going to commit suicide before the cops shot him,” said Foster.
Police had surrounded the home and an armored vehicle and SWAT team from the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System were on the scene with police negotiators. The O’Plaine Campus for Warren Township High School was put on lockdown and the administration put out a phone alert.
“My daughter texted me they were in lockdown,” said Liz Schmeling of Gurnee, referring to her daughter, Natasha, a sophomore. This was her first school year at the Gurnee high school after attending Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein.
“I’m staying here until I find out what happened,” she said, vowing to pick up her daughter even though the school said it would bus the students home. Children at nearby River Trail Grade School were moved to Viking Middle School during the ordeal.
At one point, police were going to put a protective vest on Foster and let him inside the home because Augillard was saying he would come out if his friend came inside, but police deemed it too dangerous. Then he said he would come out if he could see Foster, but police did not want anyone in the line of fire because the suspect had already fired off shots inside the house.
“Police had me make a recording saying I was out here and they played it for him. Shortly after that I got a text from him saying he was coming out, and after that he came out,” said Foster.
Thomas Agos, a spokesman for the police department confirmed the details Foster told the Lake County News-Sun. “We generally don’t encourage people to come to the scene,” he said, but since he came, police tried to use his friendship to end the stalemate peacefully.
“He was definitely involved in ending the situation,” he said of Foster. “He turned out to be very helpful.”
Agos said that police were also very happy with the way the school districts handled the situation. “This is what we plan and practice for, situations just like this,” he said. The Village Hall was also under lockdown during the situation.
Foster and Augillard first met in third grade at John Clark Elementary School in Waukegan and stayed good friends through high school, where they both attended the Career Academy at Waukegan High School, and then after graduation. He said his friend played football and basketball, but wasn’t a star.
Foster said Augillard had been working the front desk at the Gurnee Grand Hotel and Suites on Grand Avenue in Gurnee for a long time, but he wasn’t sure if he continued to hold that job in the past year.
“This isn’t his character, it’s not him,” said Foster. “Normally when he gets mad he just storms off.”
As to where he got a weapon, that also was a big surprise to Foster. “I’ve never seen him hold a gun. Where did he even find a gun?” he said.
“He was the kind of guy who if you called him because you needed something, he would give it to you,” said Foster. “We always talked about stuff, normal problems, and we would talk and laugh it off.”
“I really am surprised” about the whole situation, he said, adding that Augillard would have done the same for him, so he had to try and help his friend.