1 dead, 1 critical after Chicago Lawn hostage situation

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Police investigate a hostage situation that left a man dead and a woman critically injured Friday in Chicago Lawn. | Network Video Productions

A man died and a woman was critically wounded Friday during a hostage situation that lasted about seven hours in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Officers responded to a call of a domestic incident at 2:23 p.m. in the 3000 block of West 60th Street, according to Chicago Police. A man with a gun barricaded himself inside with a woman and a baby girl, and SWAT was called to the scene, police said.

Officers managed to get into the residence at 9:33 p.m. where they found the man, whose age was unknown, dead with a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as 26-year-old Darnell Williams. His home address was listed on the same block.

An autopsy Saturday found Williams died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

The woman, whose age was unknown, was taken with a gunshot wound to the head to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was listed in critical condition, police said. The infant was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition.

Officers were still investigating at the scene early Saturday.


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