TROY, IL (KTVI) - A man surrendered to police, after 15 hours and canisters of tear gas being shot through his house.
That man surrendered, peacefully, to the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm Special Response Team (ILEAS SRT). But, he was hurt.
'They flushed him out the front door,' said Troy Police Sergeant James Newcombe. 'He surrendered to the ILEAS SRT Team, at which time he was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for self-inflicted injuries.'
In a press release, police said the man shot himself before officers arrived just after 10:30 Monday morning. They said the man called 911, and was suicidal and armed. When officers could not convince the man to come out and get help, they evacuated the neighborhood.
'I got off work at 2 yesterday afternoon,' said one neighbor, who did not want to be identified. 'I slept in my car.'
Others spent the frigid night in a nearby community center.
Newcombe said officers did everything possible to get the man out of the house safely.
'There actually was a negotiator in contact with him for over 12 hours,' he explained. 'And then, we would go back-and-forth where he would come to the window look at us and go back. We couldn`t get him to come out until communications and negotiations fell apart completely.'
Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, two neighbors and friends picked some of the man`s belongings up from his lawn. They did not want to be interviewed, on camera. But, they wanted to pass on a message.
'We love him,' a woman said. A man followed, 'I`m glad you came out.'
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