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Logan Square man prompts SWAT standoff after threatening to get gun: police

The suspect was arguing with two females in a home in the 1800 block of North Drake Avenue when he was locked outside and he punched the front door and smashed the front windows, police say.

Chicago police and SWAT respond to a standoff in the 1800 block of North Drake Ave. in the Logan Square neighborhood, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.
Chicago police and SWAT respond to a standoff in the 1800 block of North Drake Ave. in the Logan Square neighborhood, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.
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A 41-year-old Logan Square man allegedly threatened police that he would get a gun during a domestic fight Thursday, prompting a SWAT standoff in the Northwest Side neighborhood that ended peacefully with his arrest.

He was arguing with two females in a home in the 1800 block of North Drake Avenue when he was locked outside and punched the front door and smashed the front windows, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli.

He climbed back inside and grabbed a bat from one of the women, swinging it at them and threatening to charge them, Bartoli said. The women escaped from the home after he allegedly scratched and choked one of them.

When officers arrived, the man spoke to them through a broken window from inside, Bartoli said. Officers called in a SWAT team and the CPD helicopter when he allegedly threatened to get a gun.

About 7:50 p.m., the SWAT team entered the home and arrested him, according to Bartoli, who said police suspected he was intoxicated. He was taken to Norwegian American Hospital for treatment of cuts to his wrists.

Investigators were unable to locate a gun in the home or on him, Bartoli said.

The man was charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.

His initial court appearance is set for Aug. 14.