Lombard police investigating man’s death

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Updated at 4 p.m.

By staff reporter Ashlee Rezin

Police are investigating the death of a man after a disturbance call at a Lombard home.

Officers were called to the home in the 800 block of Hammerschmidt Avenue on Thursday morning and took a man to a hospital, where he later died, Lombard police said.

Police would not say late Friday afternoon if anyone was in custody, but a neighbor said he was told by police that one person was in custody. Police did say there was no longer a threat to the community.

Some students were escorted home from a nearby school. Staff members at Hammerschmidt Elementary School, 617 Hammerschmidt Ave., are escorting children home for the second day in a row, District 44 Supt. Jim Blanche said.

Lombard police alerted school officials about 11 a.m. Thursday that an “incident” had occurred two blocks from the school.

The street remained closed to traffic Friday, Blanche said.

He said a student from Glenn Westlake Middle School lives in the home, and was contacted by police and “brought to a place of safety.”

School officials at Hammerschmidt sent out an alert to parents, letting them know there was a heavy police presence nearby.

“Some of us went over to make sure no kids walked by,” Blanche said. “We escorted a few kids who lived on the block home.”

Ronald Kowalik, 82, who lives across the street from the house where police are investigating, said officers shut down the block about noon Thursday.

He said police went door-to-door telling residents there had been an “incident” at the house, and that one person was in custody and another hospitalized. They did not say whether a murder had been committed.

“All I know is they were taking a lot of photos inside and outside the house,” Kowalik said Friday morning.

Police said the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office and DuPage County Coroner’s office were assisting in the death investigation. The coroner’s and state’s attorney’s offices would not comment.

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