Peoria police take armed “man in crisis” into custody

Peoria Police responded to a call about a man in crisis armed with a gun just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. It happened in the 1200 block of West Candletree.

Peoria Police and Peoria Park District Police set up a perimeter to find the man. Police heard a gunshot near the perimeter and found shell casings where the man was reportedly seen.

Peoria Police said they issued a CodeRed Alert to area homes and businesses, asking people to shelter in place.

Police used a drone, K-9 tracking, dozens of officers, and crisis negotiators to find and help the man. Even firefighters and AMT were on standby at the scene.

Ultimately, someone saw the man near an apartment complex in the 1800 block of West Kingsway, telling police they saw him throw something in the garbage. That was around 6:05 p.m. Police collected a handgun from the garbage of the business.

Just before 6:15 p.m. police took the man into custody without incident in that same area.


If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, or feeling suicidal, here is a list of local and national resources where you can get help:

National Alliance of Mental Illinois – Tri-county Illinois

Suicide Prevention Resource Center Illinois

Emergency Response Service – Peoria

PATH Crisis Center – Bloomington

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE

Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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