A friend of a man who would not come out of a house for police for four hours Wednesday coaxed him out and into a car for a ride to the hospital, according to Lacon Police Department.
Lacon police received a call about a situation involving a man at his residence on the south side of the Marshall County city, and also saw some alarming posts by the man on social media.
When officers arrived around 7:30 p.m., the man was seen outside the house, carrying a rifle. Lacon police chief Troy Palm said the man yelled something at one of the responding officers, but the officer could not determine exactly what the man said.
Palm said the man re-entered the home, and police set up a perimeter and kept the residence surrounded for about four hours.
Illinois State Police, Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Henry Police Department assisted at the scene.
When the friend persuaded the man to take a ride to a hospital, the police followed them to the hospital.
No charges had been filed as of 7 a.m. today. Palm said a full police report likely will be completed over the weekend.