UPDATE: Hours-long police intervention ends ‘safely’ in Highland Park
After 11-plus hours, a crisis situation on Friday, Sept. 16, that required police response and public-safety instructions was “resolved,” according to the City of Highland Park
The City sent the final of five public-safety alerts at 11:22 p.m. reporting that an individual who was threatening self-harm “voluntarily left the residence” and the streets around the 1300 block of St. JOhns Avenue were reopened.
Before 1 p.m., police responded to a home in the 1300 block of St. Johns Avenue for a report of an individual threatening self harm.
“The City has reason to believe that there are firearms on the premises,” a release from the City reads.
Multiple City alerts since that time urged residents nearby to shelter in place and others to avoid the area. But authorities assured that “the scene is secured. There is no community-wide risk.”
St. Johns Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Wade Street were closed, and police continued to communicate with neighbors within the perimeter.
“The City appreciates the community’s patience and understanding as our public safety professionals continue to manage this ongoing incident,” the release says.
To subscribe to public safety alerts from the City of Highland Park, visit cityhpil.com.
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