Belleville Police involved in standoff

BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - A three hour police standoff ended without any injuries Monday when Belleville police negotiators talked a distraught man into accepting medical help.  Heavily armed police surrounded the man’s home in the 500 block of McClintock after he called 9-1-1 threatening to commit suicide.  He also told a police dispatcher he would shoot any officer who approached his door.

Authorities activated the Belleville St. Clair County Special Response Team and brought in an armored vehicle to approach the home.  Neighbors had received phone alerts warning them to remain indoors for their own safety.  Construction workers replacing a sidewalk across the street had to stop working and seek shelter in a house.

Belleville police spokesman, Master Sgt. Mark Heffernan said during the standoff “it came to light that he had prior military experience, possibly had PTSD and was not taking his medication.”   Heffernan added, “He was not armed at the time he was taken into custody we transferred him to the medical professionals and he’ll be transported for a mental health evaluation.”

Police did not find a weapon in the home.  Police do not expect to file any charges at this time.