Midlothian man barricaded himself inside garage during eviction

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A south suburban man was taken into custody safely Monday morning after barricading himself inside his garage with a shotgun for more than two hours while the Cook County sheriff’s office was attempting to evict him.

Deputies arrived at the home in the 14900 block of Ridgeway Avenue in Midlothian to execute the eviction about 9:30 a.m., sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith said.

While they were inside the home, the deputies heard a commotion inside the detached garage, Smith said.

The 52-year-old homeowner confronted the deputies and pointed a shotgun at them, Smith said. They drew their weapons and directed the man to drop the gun, but he retreated into the garage barricaded himself inside.

The sheriff’s hostage/barricade team responded and the man was taken into custody about 11:40 a.m., Smith said. No injuries were reported.

Bremen High School, which is located nearby, was placed on a precautionary lockout but it has since been lifted.

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