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[UPDATE] Residents Evacuated as Police Respond to Homewood Domestic Conflict

The domestic disturbance on the 1700 block of Linden Road which prompted an intense police response ended peacefully two hours later, according to reports.

Last update: July 18 at 3:30 p.m. 

Homewood police arrived at the scene on the 1700 block of Linden Road just before 10:30 a.m. to a domestic argument in which weapons were reported to possibly be involved, according to a press release from the Homewood Police Department.

According to the release, one of the man's family members exited the home early on. Police attempted to contact the remaining family member, but to no avail, according to the report.

The man inside has a known condition which has resulted in prior conflict, but this is the most severe case to date, according to an anonymous source with intimate knowledge of the situation.

Police established a perimeter around the home and evacuated neighbors from their houses, according to the report. The release said the South Suburban Emergency Response Team was called in for backup as attempts to contact the man inside continued.

According to the release, after two hours of attempting to contact the man inside, he peacefully surrendered to the police and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

While nobody was injured, one police officer was treated for heat related illness, according to the release.

An investigation by Homewood Detectives is still pending, according to the release.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 18, 2011 at 08:45 PM
I appreciate the "glass-half-full" mentality, Diane! Thanks!
Sox Fan July 18, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Totally. I am so proud of the Homewood Police Department today!
Anita July 18, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed. I LOVE the Patch.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 18, 2011 at 10:38 PM
You bet! And Patch loves Anita!
Stephanie July 19, 2011 at 02:06 AM
I am a family member, and this disgusts me. Whoever wrote this story doesn't have all the facts, and and shouldn't be writing on something you don't know about. Clearly all of you are sepctators, and need to mind your own business. This whole situation was blown out of proportion. It was an over reaction, and was over sensationalized by the police department. It was never a hostage situation, he was in the house himself. There was no call for the SWAT team and snipers. At MOST, two officers, and the threat of a tazer could have done the job. And as for the pictures, it upsets me to see him being treated as a criminal. He is a funny, loving person. It's to bad you don't know my cousin, because if you did you would have well wishes for him and his condition.
Old resident July 19, 2011 at 02:46 AM
One again, homewood cops overreacting!
Old resident July 19, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Dont they always? Still get a ticket for skateboarding? So glad my kids dont have to grow up in that over staffed, white flight, rude cop haven of a island police state! Be sure not to do 36mph on 183rd... Ticket and search for sure... Sad!
Beth Bielinski Oldaker July 19, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Hey Old Resident.. I think you forgot to sign out of your account and into your "other" account before carrying on your own conversation. I am not quite sure what you are mad about here. It sounds like you have been involved with the Homewood Police a little bit too much, and are a little sour.
HngCln July 19, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Never had any issues with the Homewood Police. Always help out with white trash neighbors and ghetto rats walking down the street but seems like a little too much Miami S.W.A.T is being watched by our finest. One dork holed up in house?
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 19, 2011 at 07:09 AM
I wrote this article, Stephanie. The information is based entirely on information provided by the Homewood Police Department with the exception of a brief tip from an anonymous source. If you would like to offer additional information, I would be more than eager to hear what you have to say (you can always email me at ryan.fitzpatrick@patch.com or call at 708.657.7048).
T. White July 19, 2011 at 02:10 PM
I have lived in Homewood, Illinois for 25 years. There are some homewood police that need diversity training, but for the most part...these police keep homewood safe and quiet, and that is the way I like it. The serious issues are in the court system...not on the street. However, I'm beginning to see more cars pulled over everyone must obey the law. Make sure you get a good lawyer. Theresa
Sox Fan July 19, 2011 at 02:36 PM
It's never a good idea to read the news or the comments to the news when the subject is a family member or friend. Just an observation.
Sox Fan July 19, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Bitter, I see. Wherever you move, you will find diversity on the rise. Enjoy it. It is the matrix of our existence. Color my world.
Sox Fan July 19, 2011 at 02:39 PM
My thoughts exactly.
Sox Fan July 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
We don't know what caused the police to think there was need for SWAT. For all we know, the person in the home could have been making threats that seemed legitimate based on prior contact with this person. Better safe than sorry. That's MHO. No one got hurt--Job well done as far as I'm concerned.
Sox Fan July 19, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I see a lot of cars pulled over on 183rd Street and I am GLAD for that. If you drive the speed limit on that street you are left in the dust of 99% of the drivers on that street, between Halsted and Dixie especially. Plus, I see a lot of punks hiding behind the door frame of the car smoking crack and playing with God knows what on their lap. I am relieved to see cars pulled over! IMHO, the Homewood Police are doing a great job with traffic incidents in particular. It's too bad too many parents don't give a hoot what their kids do once they get the car keys. (And by kids, I mean 16 - 30-somethings still living with their folks and/or driving cars that have no business on the road, no insurance, no license, and no good sense.)
Kate Duff July 19, 2011 at 02:50 PM
I would far rather hear that the Homewood Police took seriously a report of possible domestic violence than be given the opportunity to criticize them because they failed to respond to a call and tragedy ensued.
patty July 19, 2011 at 03:25 PM
NOT an overreaction!! I live on this block and this is not the first incident at this home. The only thing that was wrong was that he was not arrested!!
Anita July 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Domestic disturbances can be very dangerous. When police respond in force it is for their own safety as well as for the safety of the neighbors. I am happy to live in a community where police respond to calls and care about community lives and rules.
Liese A Ricketts July 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Regards to Mary Compton! Glad you all let us know what is really going on!!
love homewood July 20, 2011 at 03:11 PM
I can't understand why the SSERT team arrived after 1.pm. I would have assumed that they would have been the first response team knowing the are trained for this type of situation.
HWDAD July 24, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Stephanie, I am sorry you fell that your cousin was treated so badly. Unfortunately, you do not seem to have all the facts. As a resident of the area I know that this young man has problems and it is a shame that he is not getting all the help he needs. However all the violence and disturbances at that house are getting on everyones in the neighborhoods nerves. Tell me since he pulled the gun on his sister before and the police were called and he was wearing a bullet proof vest how should the police treat him???
HWDAD July 24, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Hey HwWdHome what do you want the police to do call you personally and tell you every move they are making. Wouldn't you rather them be dealing with the situation than sending out emails to nosey neighbors. My friends who live very close were notified my a Homewood Police Officer coming to the door and having them evacuate to a safer location until the situation was over. I good with being told at a later time what happened so I am not getting particle stories. They evacuated and notified the people that needed to be. everyone else can wait. Its the press that are there for breaking news stories. You wouldn't expect Ryan Fitzpatrick put down his laptop and throw on a bullet proof vest and jump in right? so why are you making the police reporters??
HWDAD July 24, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Just wondering what makes you think this was overreacting?? Or that the Homewood Police Department is overstaffed?? What is your factual basis for your comment.
HWDAD July 24, 2011 at 05:47 AM
That "kid" has problems and the number of incidents at that house are numerous. One of the last times the police were called there was because he pulled a gun on family members and when the police arrived he was wearing a bullet proof vest. Over reaction NO WAY good police work. Thank you Homewood Police...By the way they don't just call the SSERT team out until they know if he will surrender or not. only after they refuse to comply and remain barricaded will the police department call out for the SSERT team. Thanks to all the area police departments who lend their officers to the team so that no single town is overwhelmed.
SHUSSBAR July 24, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Not sad. I live along 183rd. People are driving WAYYYYYYYYYY to fast on 183rd. More tickets needed = more money in the village coffer, we need it. Police should even do more.. It s easy money we can use to fund community projects.
SHUSSBAR July 24, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I agree with Stephanie here. No picture of this obviously disturb guy was needed. A report would have been enough. Hope this guy gets some help and treatment and finds a way to reintegrate as well as possible in our tough world.
J.J. July 24, 2011 at 06:08 PM
The Homewood Police are the best in the area, probably all of the Southland. As bordering communities like Hazel Crest, Country Club Hills and others grow increasingly dangerous the good police here in Homewood keep crime low. So faulting them over a couple of tickets is really a stupid argument.
HWDAD July 24, 2011 at 06:53 PM
This whole discussion reminded me of a quote that I think best describes my feelings: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell, Sleep well Homewood
her July 24, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Seriously, this was not an excessive reaction from our frequently contacted police department. This young man involved appears to be in desparate need of professional HELP. We all read the local news, let's pray for him, BEFORE it's too late. Time is precious and He is a bomb, this could be His intervention.:} PEACE on EARTH~GOOD WILL TO MEN

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