Hours-long barricade situation on Northwest Side

May 30, 2009 1:08:19 PM PDT
Police remain at the scene of a barricade situation on the Northwest Side more than six hours after it began, as police continue to negotiate with a reportedly terminally ill elderly man threatening to kill himself inside his home-- just a block from Schurz High School.Police responded to a home in the 3600 block of North Tripp Avenue shortly after 7 a.m. on a report of an elderly man threatening to kill himself, police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.

The man is reportedly terminally ill and is threatening to shoot himself. A dog, also believed to be terminally ill, was in the home with the man, a source said.

Police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor said the dog has been released from the home and taken to an animal hospital in "stable" condition. She said the dog was not injured in the incident and was most likely ill prior to the barricade incident.

Police said the elderly man was armed.

Students attending Saturday classes at Schurz High School were evacuated from the building due to the school's proximity to the incident, police said.

Police from the Hostage Barricade Terrorism unit remained at the scene at 1 p.m.