Patrol

Shotgun-blasting gunman killed after three officers wounded in Illinois shootout

(Screenshot WGNTV news broadcast)

SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. — A shotgun-blasting gunman was killed after three officers were wounded in an Illinois Independence Day shootout.

Police shot and killed a man after he opened fire on negotiators early Wednesday, police said, ending an armed standoff that began when he wounded three officers responding to a call of shots fired in a South Elgin condo building, reported WGNTV.

Neighbor Samantha Point said she knew it wasn’t fireworks when she heard as many as a dozen shots fired before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Initially, patrol officers rushed to the 300 block of WoodRidge Circle. They were reportedly greeted by vulgarities and threats from 52-year-old Frank Dripps. Moreover, following his verbal tirade, he opened fire with a shotgun, according to the report.

shotgun-blasting gunman
(Screenshot WGNTV news broadcast)

South Elgin Police Sgt. Mike Doty said three officers were hit by gunfire. The sergeant indicated each officer suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Police didn’t initially return fire. However, about a dozen area police departments and two SWAT teams responded to the scene.

After setting up a perimeter around the building, police evacuated nearby residents from their homes, Doty said.

The scene became a standoff.

Armed with a scoped rifle and a shotgun, police say Dripps barricaded himself inside a stairwell and was yelling vulgarities at police, saying he would, “shoot officers if they came at him.”

Crisis negotiators attempted to talk him down throughout the four-hour standoff, during which police say he raised the weapons to his shoulder “off and on.”

After retreating to his condo unit, police say the 52-year-old came charging out opening fire on police around 2:30 a.m. Hence, a SWAT team returned fire, and Dripps was struck. As a result, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Doty said no one else was inside the condo during the standoff.

Dripps and his wife began renting the condo a few months ago and were “down on their luck,” the son of the condo’s owner, Matthew Horne, told The Courier-News. Horne said Dripps asked residents of the building to take care of his wife before the standoff began.

“He said a bunch of weird stuff … and then went into his room and came out with the guns,” Horne said.

Want More Stories Like This?

Subscribe to our email list and get notified each time we release a breaking news story.






Thank you for subscribing. Please check your inbox to confirm your email subscription.

Author
news

News of interest to the law enforcement community.

Leave a comment

THANK YOU!

Be Informed

Get notified when "One Step Ahead" presented by Jay Wiley is Live- the Official Law Enforcement Today Radio Show






Thank you for subscribing. Please check your inbox to confirm your email address.