Arlington Heights police find guns, ammo inside standoff house

 
 
  • A 39 year old man was arrested after an eight-hour standoff on the 900 block of Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights

    A 39 year old man was arrested after an eight-hour standoff on the 900 block of Harvard Avenue in Arlington Heights Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Published: 4/2/2009 5:22 PM

Arlington Heights police found more than 30 guns and several hundred rounds of ammunition inside the home of a man involved in an eight-hour standoff this week.

"They were mostly military assault rifles and handguns," Cmdr. Ken Galinski of the Arlington Heights Police Department said Thursday.

According to Galinski, the man has a valid firearm owner's identification card, which means he didn't break any laws by having the guns. Police also found gun cleaning equipment, gun scopes, gun holders and gun vests inside the home in the 900 block of Harvard Avenue.

The 39-year-old Arlington Heights man lived alone and is an unemployed mortgage broker, Galinski said. He has no criminal record.

Police haven't yet pressed charges against the man, who on Thursday was at an Elgin mental health facility. Police say they haven't interviewed him and don't know why he had so many weapons.

The standoff started at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday when a neighbor reported gunshots and saw the man with a handgun. Officers then set up a perimeter around the home and tried to make contact with the man.

When he refused to answer, supervisors called in the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System team, armed with high-powered weapons. At about midnight, the man answered the phone and began to negotiate with police. Eventually, those negotiations failed.

The man surrendered at about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday after police officers launched tear gas canisters, flushing him from the home.

According to police, he was intoxicated at the time of the arrest. He'd also taken some pain medication for a recent shoulder injury, Galinski said.

Besides the guns, police didn't find anything unusual inside the man's home, which Galinski described as "cluttered."

Several walls were riddled with bullets the man set off during the standoff, Galinski said, but he didn't fire any shots out of the home.