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Bill Jones, Managing Editor
9:11 pm CDT June 9, 2019

Tinley Park Police said a man in his 60s was left to seek further help the early morning of Monday, June 10, after he barricaded himself with a crossbow for several hours overnight inside of a family home in the 6500 block of 163rd Place.

Tinley Park Police Chief Matthew Walsh confirmed the man had barricaded himself inside of a bedroom with a crossbow and a dozen arrows, and threatened to harm himself around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

Police had been called to the residence around 7:15 p.m. for a well-being check, and returned around 7:30 p.m. with the man’s mother, who wished to retrieve belongings from the home they shared, Walsh said. That is when the situation unfolded.

Police reportedly set up a perimeter around the home, and called for negotiators from the South Suburban Emergency Response Team and FBI.

“We had no right to force entry,” Walsh said. “We didn’t have a crime.”

Walsh said police tried to call the man numerous times, but he hung up multiple times. The negotiators ultimately talked with the man for nearly two hours, according to Walsh.

“They were satisfied he was no longer going to harm himself,” Walsh said of the conclusion to the negotiations.

Police reportedly made sure the man had his dog, which he requested, and provided him with more information on how to get assistance before leaving the neighborhood around 1:30 a.m. 

“Hopefully he gets the assistance he needs,” Walsh added.

Throughout the evening, the Village discouraged people from coming near the area and asked those who lived in the area to stay inside of their homes through posts on its Public Safety Facebook account. The man never threatened anyone else during the barricade situation, though, and no one was injured during the situation, Walsh said.

There were never any hostages, according to Pat Carr, Tinley Park’s assistant Village manager.

Publisher Joe Coughlin contributed to the reporting of this story.