3/17/2014 11:38:00 AM Man in custody after crash, standoff in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A standoff on Chicago’s iconic Lake Shore Drive that lasted more than eight hours Sunday ended with police taking a Georgia man into custody, police said.
They said the man is wanted in connection with a murder earlier this month in Hampton, Ga., which is roughly 30 miles from Atlanta.
Police said a chase involving the man began Sunday in the Chicago suburb of Harvey, Ill. It was the result of an investigation involving Harvey police and police in Henry County, Ga., said Harvey Police Department spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado in a news release.
She said authorities in Georgia requested help on Sunday afternoon and Harvey police were provided a description of the vehicle, registration, GPS location and a valid arrest warrant.
Calls that The Associated Press made to authorities in Henry County, Ga., went unanswered Sunday.
The vehicle in question was located shortly after and “fled from officers,” according to Alvarado, crossing several interstates and ending with a crash on the heavily traveled Lake Shore Drive, which is along Lake Michigan.
Police said the car hit multiple vehicles during the pursuit, including a Chicago police vehicle. An officer was hurt, but his injuries were not life-threatening, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The car also struck a vehicle carrying two adults and a 10-year-old. Their injuries also weren’t life-threatening, the newspaper reported.
The standoff followed, with police surrounding the four-door car with tinted windows that the man was in. Officers around the vehicle were heavily armed and spoke to the man through a loudspeaker, the newspaper reported. They asked him to show his hands or put them up. They also asked him to pick up a phone that was apparently inside the car, so he could talk to them.
Chicago police would only confirm that the man was armed with knives, although they say he told negotiators he had guns, according to the Sun-Times.
Police in Chicago did not return calls or emails left by the AP after the standoff ended.
The incident caused major traffic problems on Lake Shore Drive, with officers having to close sections of the road for hours. Motorists were diverted well away from the scene. Joggers, walkers and cyclists along the lakefront also were turned away.
The standoff took place on the city’s North Side not far from lakeside pedestrian paths and a theater.