ENGLEWOOD — A man who fired a shot over police on Commons Avenue in Englewood turned the gun himself after a 20 minute standoff early Friday afternoon.
Police had been looking for the subject, who lived in a nearby apartment complex across the street from where the incident took place. A resident reported a suspicious in the area and police located the man at the end of Commons Avenue.
Although police will not comment, a press release issued about the incident was titled “suicide.” A police spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny that the man had died from his self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to the press release, the events unfolded as follows:
On September 23 at 10:48 a.m., Englewood Police received the report of a suicidal/homicidal subject armed with a handgun.
Family reported the subject wanted “suicide by cop.” After an exhaustive search, the subject was not located. An alert was transmitted to area law enforcement agencies.
At 12:55 p.m., Englewood Police received the report of a suspicious subject at the dead end of Commons Avenue off of W. Wenger Road. At 12:59 p.m., an Englewood officer arrived on scene and advised he had located a subject with a gun to his head threatening suicide.
Additional Englewood officers arrived on scene and contained the subject in a fenced in corner of a courtyard. The distance from the subject to the officers was too great for the deployment of less-lethal tactics, so for 18 minutes, officers attempted to talk the subject into putting the weapon down.
The subject’s sister also communicated to the subject via cell phone and loudspeaker to give himself up. At 1:17 p.m., the subject fired a shot over the officer’s cruiser. As officers moved from cover to return fire, the subject placed the gun back to his head and fired. Englewood EMS, who was on scene, transported the subject to the Good Samaritan North Emergency Room.
Englewood Officers did not discharge any weapons. Outside of the subject, no one was injured. There was no property damage from the gunfire. The entire incident was captured both on Englewood Police body-warm and in-car cameras.