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Update: Man Fires Gun; 75 Police, SWAT Converge on Northbrook Subdivision

Three-hour armed standoff ends peacefully as police take 51-year-old Northbrook man into custody.

Last updated at 10:53 p.m.

Helicopters, police dogs and a police SWAT team converged on the Villas Salceda subdivision in Northbrook Thursday afternoon to coax an armed man out of his home after he got into a fight with his parents.

The 51-year-old man, who lives with his elderly parents, got into a verbal dispute with his mother and father around 3:30 p.m., according to Northbrook Police Chief Charles Wernick, who held a press conference at the Northbrook Police Department at 8 p.m. Thursday night.

At some point, the son fired a shot, at no one in particular, according to Wernick. No one was injured.

Leaving his wife behind, the man’s father went to the police station to report the fight.

“He stated there were multiple weapons in the home,” Wernick said.

Police cordoned off an area around the 2500 block of Salceda Drive for roughly three hours as they made repeated attempts to contact the man. 

“We got the mother out safely a while later and the son was home alone,” Wernick said.

Theodora Kahn, who was visiting her parents in the Villas Salcedas subdivision, said she saw police with dogs create a perimeter around the neighborhood, and spotted helicopters as well. She said she also heard police speaking to someone with a bullhorn.

“It happens just like it does on TV," she said. 

All three entry points to the subdivision—on Willow, Pfingsten and Shermer roads—were blocked off. Police set up a staging area for their vehicles, along with ambulances and fire engines, in the parking lot of next door.

"They were not letting anybody into the complex," said Julie Heinz, a manager of nearby .

Sometime after 7 p.m., the man surrendered peacefully and was transported to the hospital for observation, according to Chief Wernick. The weapons were collected as evidence and confiscated.

Police have not yet released his name, and charges are still pending, he said.

The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Response Team was activated, meaning a call went out for help to dozens of nearby municipalities. All told, 75 police officers came to the scene, according to Wernick. Patch spotted emergency responders from Glenview, Glencoe and Morton Grove. One officer told Patch that police came from as far as Countryside.

Ongoing activities were canceled at nearby schools, including  and . The high school held its parents’ night tonight, and about 2,000 people descended on the general area at the same time, Wernick said.

The department had officers on site and everything went smoothly from their standpoint, he added. The junior high was temporarily locked down, but police eventually allowed parents to come and pick up children participating in after school activities like sports practice.

Stay tuned to Patch for updates as we find out more information and report the official word from police.

Richard Crowe September 09, 2011 at 01:44 AM
When I saw the police response I thought Khadafi was holed up in the Vilas Salceda. Extreme over response my police from elhhurst, deerfield, mount prospect and 3 armored cars.
Fdphotounit September 09, 2011 at 01:57 AM
The Armored Cars Are Swat Vehicles And Its Deerfield Mount Prospect Glencoe Elmhurst Lyons Riverside Several others
Disgusted September 09, 2011 at 03:46 AM
So 75 cops, some in full military-style garb, swarmed a neighborhood in Northbrook based on a report of an aimless shot fired a hour or so earlier. Do you realize that this size of force was over double the size of the force that completed the mission to take out Osama bin Laden? How much does having this sort of exercise cost us (not just in money, but in embarrassment, too)?
Lee September 09, 2011 at 04:11 AM
I'd rather have law enforcement over-react than see dead bodies. You'd be singing a different tune if there had been fewer officers and something had happened. Also, since, happily, this is a rare event, there might have been other towns' officers there to learn procedure. Don't be so quick to judge.
mike September 09, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Wonder if any of those Officers have families and enjoy going home to them? When a shooting occurs in your area where kids could be present...be sure to request a 2 car response. Unbelievable lack of support for the ones that protect us!
Alex September 09, 2011 at 08:54 AM
They had to act to safely take into custody a clearly unstable person who was known to possess multiple firearms and who had demonstrated a willingness to use them. Would you prefer they send two officers and allow traffic to continue as normal on the streets while a possible gunfight erupts? I assume you would have no criticism of the police if that went badly? The comparison to the raid on Bin Laden is a complete non sequitur. Military forces don't need to worry about traffic control or crowd control and collateral damage is not an option for police. The amount of time and money spent and equipment used was also orders of magnitude more in that SEAL mission.
Fdphotounit September 09, 2011 at 02:20 PM
You Know What I Think Is Funny With 9-11 Right Around The Corner, That we Have A Call Like This in Northbrook Or like The One In Lyons Post Office The Other Day Where A White Powder And An Explosive Divice was Found. That Someone Would not Even Have the Balls to Put His Name On A Stupid Comment Putting Down Our Law Enforcement. But That Would Compare the Northbrook Call To The Raid On Osama bin Laden. I Know The Men and Women Of The Northbrook Police Department And They Did And Do A Fantastic Job. What Alot Of People Don't Know Is That While Northbrook Police Where on This Call There Where Still Other Calls In Town And Major traffic Headaches That Had To be Delt With. That's Why You Need So Many Police To Come To Help Out. Disgusted Must Of Been Late For A Nail Or Hair Appointment.
David Kreiman September 09, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Excellent comment Lee - I agree. Good learning experience for all, and those who claim they overreacted are speaking nonsense.
Gigi September 09, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I also agree with Lee. Remember that there is a junior high school and high school right next to this subdivision. What if, god forbid, the suspect ran out of the house, armed and headed in the direction of these schools. Would you then complain about a large police presence? No shot fired by a gun is aimless or harmless. This situation could have easily gotten out of hand quickly! I am glad our police force took the situation seriously and protected all those in the immediate vicinity.
Barbara September 09, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Remember Laurie Dann? I think the police response was appropriate.
rich kurnick September 09, 2011 at 07:32 PM
With Children at the Junior High next door and 2000 parents attending parent teacher night at GBN they needed to take every precaution. This person fired a weapon. You have many people living in Salceda mostly Senior Citizens that the officers had to make sure were safe. I would rather see more police than to little. Thankfully no one was hurt but for anyone to have a problem with too many officers is absurd.
Earl Weiss September 09, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I like how the critics have actulay no background in law enforcement think they know more about police procedures than police. Like that idiot bear summitt college rofessor who refused to come out of hi house and accused cops responding to a call of someone trying to break in of racial profiling. (One reason cops ask people to come out in this situation aside from not knowing if they are a crook is to make sure a home invasion is not in progress and that the peole are held at gunpoint.)
Ed60062 September 10, 2011 at 03:01 PM
What contrast! While 75 officers responded to one shot fired, SIX people were actually shot on Chicago's south side overnight.
Glenn Posner September 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Why don't they respond this way when shots are fired on the south and west sides of Chicago?
Glenn Posner September 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Yes, but are they paying their taxes?
Glenn Posner September 12, 2011 at 01:51 PM
April Frick: Our tax dollars pay for police and fire protection. It is the sad truth that the highest crime neighborhoods, pay in the fewest dollars for this protection. This speaks to the Northbrook response the article alludes to vs. the 24/7 adventures on the south and west sides of the city. In life, you get what you pay for. Consider anything more, "a bonus." Instead of attacking or questioning other posters, simply state your views in a civil manner in this open forum.
Larry Lubell September 23, 2011 at 04:47 AM
I have know Steven Hadesman since we were 10 years old. He is not, nor has ever been a part of any terrorist group. He has NO history of violence. He is a kind, loyal friend. He has devoted years of his life being a support to his sister and the caring of her teenage son that has been suffering from cancer. The article talks about his father, but unfortunately his father died more than 6 years ago, so I assume this means his mother's husband. 75 police showing up seems over the top. He was not holding people hostage. He has no record
Larry Lubell September 23, 2011 at 04:51 AM
75 police? They did not send 75 people to get Bin Laden!
Mike Burns September 27, 2011 at 06:55 PM
"The 51-year-old man, who lives with his elderly parents, got into a verbal dispute with his mother and father around 3:30 p.m." Definitely needed the SWAT team on this one...................
Larry Lubell October 05, 2011 at 04:16 AM
75 police is simply over reacting. This is not a case of the more the better. At some point the additional policy just get in each others sightline. You had one person, how many police would you recommend they send if there were two suspects? Keep in mind you had one suspect, this person had NO RECORD, there was NO prior situation at the residence. How many people do you think it takes to arrest a single person.? If he let the object of his frustration walk out of the house without any resistance, there is no way he is going to go out after random people.
RonnieTheLimoDriver October 05, 2011 at 01:07 PM
People still commenting about how the police over reacted.. People posted what a great guy Steve is... Folks, get a grip. Im sure Hadesman is / was / can be a wonderful person. However, he discharged a firearm within his home, which is located in a highly populated area near schools. Do any of you have any clue how fair a bullet can travel? Depending on the caliber, a mile is possible. Perhaps this was an accidental discharge. Well then why did he not answer the door? You don't accidentally fire a gun and then go take a nap, no matter how sick you are physically. That would be a fairly unsetting experience and most people know the police would arrive. If he did it on person, well you don't shoot a gun in your home on purpose and not intend to hurt somebody. The police thought they had a hostage situation. They asked for mutual aid. They have no control how many officers respond from other departments. The police need to make sure that they get to go home to see their families. They knew he was armed. He had already fired one shot. Steven made a lot of mistakes that day. The cops did not.

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