36 in Custody After Matteson Party Shooting, Barricade Situation

Thirty-six people are in custody after a shooting at a house party in south suburban Matteson led to a three-hour standoff with police early Sunday.

Officers were called at 2:55 a.m. to complaints of shots fired in the 900 block of Princeton Avenue, according to a statement from Matteson police.

They found between 30 and 40 spent shell casings on the street outside a rental property home where a party was being held, police said. Initially, between 15 and 20 people at the party were taken into custody.

Witnesses said two gunmen took off in a black Dodge Charger, which was stopped by other officers about a mile away, near the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Willow Road. Two people were arrested and two handguns were recovered near the traffic stop, police said.

Officers found two other guns outside the home on Princeton as “numerous individuals were still inside of the the residence refusing to peacefully exit,” police said.

Three hours of negotiations followed in which a few more people surrendered to police, but most “adamantly refused” to give themselves up, police said.

Authorities eventually used a South Suburban Emergency Response Team armored vehicle to ram the front of the house and take the remaining barricaded people into custody, police said.

In all, 36 people were in custody Sunday night, with some expected to be charged and others released. No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Princeton Avenue was cordoned off until 1 p.m. The house was rendered uninhabitable, and its owner was cooperating with investigators, police said. 

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