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Man Invades Chicago Station with AR-15

November 28, 2011  | 

A man was hospitalized for medical evaluation after walking into a West Side police station on Thanksgiving—armed with a fully-loaded rifle and declaring martial law, reports the Chicago Sun Times.

The man entered the Harrison District police station at 3151 W. Harrison around 4 a.m., carrying an AR-15 assault rifle and a loaded 30-round magazine, police said. Police said the man told them he was declaring martial law, but he did not point the gun at anybody or fire it.

Officers talked the man into relinquishing the weapon.

Comments (15)

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tim @ 11/28/2011 5:07 PM

Good use of force on this one. Glad it didn't turn into another suicide by cop article.

vbdep @ 11/28/2011 5:26 PM

What a dumba@@! Hopefully he'll get the mental help he needs.

Martin @ 11/28/2011 5:27 PM

I don't believe a word of this as I know that Chicago has very strong gun laws that keeps guns out of the hands of only the good citizens! Oops! I guess the law does not work as well as fat Richard would have had us believe!

Rick @ 11/28/2011 5:31 PM

If he had started shooting on the street, a citizen with a CCW could have taken him down. OH wait, they severely restrict gun rights in Chicago, despite the court decision against doing just that.

RICHARD @ 11/28/2011 6:35 PM


ArmyVet @ 11/28/2011 7:46 PM

I thought they outlawed crime in Chicago?

Thomas J. Nelson @ 11/28/2011 8:25 PM

Good job Chicago PD was the actor calm or agitated what was the race

Shawn @ 11/28/2011 9:02 PM

Lets outlaw all guns! It will keep crazy people from ever getting their hands on them again and keep us all safe! (Heavy sarcasm added). The sad part is people hear these stories and think just that... guess what... it doesn't work.

Tom Ret @ 11/28/2011 9:08 PM

Wasn't it the law in Chicago, before being challenged in court, that if you had a firearm in your home, it had to be disassembled?

JG SPD Ret. @ 11/28/2011 10:01 PM

It probably was disassembled in his home. He assembled in his car outside the police station. Glad to see those idiot gun laws in Chicago really do work!!! Can't wait until Crook County is made the 51st state and they leave us alone downstate.

Sam @ 11/28/2011 11:31 PM

I was not there but I have been to that station many times. Richie Daley with Jody Weis, and Rahm Emanuel with NYPDer Garry McCarthy have been on a mission to tear down the CPD to cut the financial costs no matter what it costs in blood or service to the citizens. So the desk crews everywhere are undermanned and overworked, especially busy districts like Harrison.

Probably what saved that goof is that since he made no move with the weapon they thought for a moment he was a cop. No details are published about him because now he is a "mental patient." Think about how you might look to an unfamiliar desk crew when you enter a station armed.

Security in Chicago Police Stations is a joke; more thought was given to the overpriced artwork in the lobby than officer security. The buildings were designed as open community environments not as secure police stations. Big glass windows, no door security, no real separation from the public that walks in, TV monitors that never worked. Stay Safe and keep your eyes on the door.

Ellersieckeh @ 11/29/2011 3:54 AM

They did manage to "defuse" that evil rifle before it went off and hurt somebody by itself.

Cjackson @ 11/29/2011 7:51 AM

Gun control chicago wake up.

maleman39 @ 11/29/2011 1:33 PM

Glad the CPD reacted rationally and got the gun away from him without pumping him full of lead first.

Jim @ 12/2/2011 10:31 AM

This is a fantastic result! But it is really LUCKY. I repeat - LUCKY! The reality is that you do not often have a chance to talk first. One shot fired, one person hurt, and the hero of this story would have been a ZERO for not shooting first. But I do congratulate whoever it was for determining they had a moment to react calmly and intelligently. Excellent!

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