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Sheriff’s deputies use crisis intervention skills to de-escalate armed situation

ANTIOCH TOWNSHIP – Crisis intervention training helped Lake County sheriff’s deputies help end a standoff peacefully.

About 10:20 a.m. Feb. 21, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 23100 block of West Lake Shore Drive, Antioch Township, for a report of an “unwanted subject,” according to a news release.

When deputies arrived, they began a conversation with the complainant, a 19-year-old man who lived there.

While speaking to one of the deputies, the 19-year-old brandished a handgun and threatened to kill himself, according to the release. The man then made several comments that he was going to leave his room with the pistol to force sheriff’s deputies to shoot him.

The first responding deputy, Eric Campbell, immediately began crisis intervention communications with the man. Campbell was joined by Deputy John Willer and Sgt. George Love. The three used their Crisis Intervention Team skills for nearly an hour until the man surrendered peacefully, according to the release.

The man was taken to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation, without further incident the loaded pistol and a shotgun were recovered from the residence.

“This was a situation which could have ended tragically,” Sheriff Mark Curran said in the release. “Due to our fast-thinking deputies and their utilization of crisis intervention skills, they were able to convince this man to surrender peacefully.

“I’m very proud of all our personnel involved in this tense incident. This is another example of the importance of Crisis Intervention Team training for first responders.” 

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