Gunman Coaxed Out of Crestwood Bar

Man says Thursday is anniversary of his father's suicide

By Samantha Hickey
|  Thursday, Jun 24, 2010  |  Updated 10:22 PM CDT
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A despondent gunman was coaxed out of a Crestwood bar by authorities on what he says is the anniversary of his father's suicide.

The man, who police did not name, was persuaded out of Mitch’s Pub & Eatery, at 13815 Cicero Ave. and taken into custody unharmed. He fired several shots while inside the pub, none of which injured anyone.

"Nobody was injured, nobody was shot, and we were able to convince the subject to come out peacefully,” said Cook County Sheriff's Police Deputy Chief Kevin Ruel.

The standoff began about 6 p.m., according to a Crestwood police officer.  Previous reports indicated there may have been at least one hostage, but that turned out not to be the case.

"According to patrons inside, everyone was out [of the bar] except the man with the gun," said Crestwood Police Chief, Theresa Neubauer.

Cicero Avenue between 135th and 139th streets was temporarily shut down due to the police activitiy.

Ruel said charges are in the preliminary stages and will probably not be determined until Friday.

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