DeKALB – District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven said children and staff are being kept out of harm’s way while a person has themselves barricaded in their house at 512 Lucerne Lane.
DeKalb Deputy Chief John Petragallo said at the staging area that his department got a call about 1:30 p.m. that a man’s family was unable to reach him, and his wife then found items in the house that put him at risk. Just before 4 p.m., SWAT team members arrived.
“There is no reason to believe the public is at risk,” Petragallo said, “but we’re taking precaution.”
Craven said about 2:30 p.m. that the extent of information police have given him is that a man had barricaded himself in the home Tuesday afternoon, and the area is to be avoided. The house is about a quarter-mile from Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St., and Craven said students were dismissed from the west side of the building as a precautionary measure.
“We have the building as an additional barricade, if you will,” he said.
A post on D-428′s Facebook page says messages were sent to Huntley and Early Learning Development Center families at 2 p.m. letting them know about the situation, but stating that “there is not an imminent danger for staff or students.” The message said at that time, staff and students were remaining in the building until police assisted.
Craven said the district is working with police to keep students who live in that area, or who might take a bus or other transportation near it, are kept out of harm’s way.