(CHICAGO) A dozen Chicago Police SWAT team officers were suspended after they failed to fully clear a house following an hourslong standoff on the South Side last year.
On Dec. 1, 2016, South Chicago District Cmdr. Noel Sanchez was shot at as he was driving in the 8800 block of South Saginaw about 10:20 p.m., police previously said.
A SWAT team was called after Sanchez saw someone run into a nearby house, and a five-hour standoff ensued, police said.
After three men were arrested and two guns were recovered, SWAT officers went inside to clear the home. After they left, officers from the South Chicago District went into the home and found two more men hiding in a crawl space, according to FOX 32 News.
The SWAT officers who searched the home were suspended without pay for one day, the station reported.
In an emailed statement Thursday night, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “SWAT is among the most highly trained, specialized unit within CPD and they are nationally recognized for their precision and tactical execution of high-valued operations. The officers received appropriate discipline for their actions and the Special Functions Division will ensure appropriate retraining for officers.”
Within a week of the shots fired at Sanchez, three other Chicago Police officers were shot at across the city. None was injured.
(CHICAGO) An incident on Lake Shore Drive Sunday night has ended peacefully after a SWAT team was called to the area near Buckingham Fountain.
The SWAT team was sent about 5 p.m. to the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive for a hostage, barricade or terrorism incident, according to Chicago Police. Lake Shore Drive was closed between Balbo and Jackson for nearly two hours.
The situation ended peacefully with a person was in custody, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter about 6:50 p.m. The person in custody was taken for a medical evaluation.
(CHICAGO) A retired Chicago Police officer who barricaded herself inside a South Shore neighborhood home Tuesday evening came out peacefully after meeting with CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, police said.
Someone called police about 4:15 p.m. for a well-being check on the former officer, a woman in her 50s who was dealing with “personal hardships” at the home in the 7700 block of South Paxton, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
When officers arrived, she refused to come out and threatened to harm herself, he said.
SWAT team members responded along with negotiators, and the woman said she wanted to talk to Johnson, according to police.
Johnson left a community meeting downtown to go to the house about 8:30 p.m. He went inside to talk to the woman, who came outside with him about 9:40 p.m., Guglielmi said.
Johnson went with her to Rush University Medical Center, where she was being evaluated Tuesday night.
Multiple weapons were recovered at the scene, police said.