Updated: Police Release Name of Man Found Dead After Barricade Situation in Northbrook

Apparent gunshot wound to man in 2400 block of Partridge Lane was the cause of death.

Northbrook Police have released the name of a man who was found dead after a nearly five-hour long incident in the 2400 block of Partridge Lane yesterday, but have said little else as their investigation continues.

Authorities have identified the victim as 65-year-old Richard Phelps, whom Northbrook police stated died of an apparent gunshot wound.

Nearby residents were asked to evacuate their homes shortly after 2:20 p.m. Wednesday as a precaution. Triblocal is reporting that many neighbors are still shaken, and some weren't allowed to return to their homes until after 8 p.m. last night. They are also reporting that Phelps is survived by his wife and two grown sons, and was retired.

A 911 call from a woman on Wednesday from a who said there was a domestic disturbance at the house prompted over 70 heavily armed officers and SWAT team members to descend upon the neighborhood, as police initially tried to make contact with Phelps with a bullhorn.


Story below from Dec. 28

An incident that lasted nearly five hours ended with police finding a man dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the 2400 block of Partridge Lane earlier this afternoon, officials said.

The and others responded to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, which led to a subdivision street being shut down that lasted until about 7 pm, when authorities entered the home.

Police have not yet identified the individual.

Triblocal is also reporting that police initially asked people to stay in their basements and away from their windows while they dealt with what was described as a "domestic situation." They are also reporting a woman told police that her husband was inside the home and that she thought she heard a gunshot as she exited her house.

Authorities involved in the case spoke briefly to the media once the standoff ended.

"The husband was in the home, there was guns in the residence available to the gentleman, and she thought she heard as she was exiting the home, a gunshot," Northbrook Police officials said during an evening press conference.

Additonally, video footage from NBC 5 Chicago said the barricade situation prompted SWAT teams to be deployed, which included as many as 70 elite armed officers from the area. Another woman interviewed by NBC 5 said she was told the man had a rifle.

We will have additional information on this developing story as it becomes available.


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Tim Froehlig January 01, 2012 at 05:11 PM
The word barricade was used because the entire subdivision was blocked by police barricades, no one could enter for hours, and people were evacuated. It was also an event that, unfortunately, affected an entire community of people and disrupted a lot of people's lives, not just one individual, as tragic as what happened was. Hope that answers your question. As for your second question, you would have to direct that one to the police department themselves. Thank you for your questions, and for reading.
Jim Madison January 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Umm, Edward, it doesn't say there was a standoff situation in this article. Not sure what you are talking about. I thought this was an informative piece, and it even linked to NBC 5's video that said there were at least 70 armed officers involved, which wasn't reported anywhere else. It's funny how some people are critical of what is reported yet none of the general public, except the media, gets access to certain information. But strangely, everyone else seems to be an expert on what happened when commenting. Just an observation after I read this story for the first time today.
Jim Madison January 02, 2012 at 08:36 AM
That's probably because, technically speaking, there was a "standoff" for almost five hours Edward. In fact, they were even trying to contact the man with a bullhorn at one point, which they do in standoff situations. So why you are nitpicking about the use of one word from the tribune, and supposedly here, is beyond me. Perhaps the police were doing thie jobs and being cautious?
Sally Caciatorre January 02, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Yet you continue to argue with Jim, Edward. He didn't prove your point. He proved his point that there was a standoff, and yet you can't get over the fact that you were wrong and wrongly critical of what were actual facts in this article. Get over it Edward.
Life Messenger January 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Man.. do we really need to be this critical of our fellow humans.. what about taking that energy and collecting $5 for a toy to give to a kid battling cancer or food for a single mother who lost her husband to an accident and is struggling to keep her kids from losing hope. please take a minute to think about it.. I understand we all have our freedom to say what we want but just remember some are not as lucky as us and it's just not their choice.


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