Former police officer shoots himself during police standoff

Suspect transported to local hospital

PEKIN - A man is in the hospital after an early morning report of gunfire leads to a 5-hour police standoff near the 1200 block of Veerman Ave. in Pekin.

Authorities received an alert on three shots fired from an apartment building in Williamsburg Apartments around 2 a.m. Monday morning. Upon arrival, police observed a man barricaded inside of a second story of an apartment building. Several heavily armored officers and member of the Central Illinois Response Team, or CIRT, surrounded the apartment building. The man has been identified as 41-year-old Joseph Wagle.

Residents nearby were evacuated to a local church while police conducted the standoff, and the area was cleared of local traffic. Neighbors described hearing "loud bangs" as authorities used gas to force Wagle out of the apartment.

Around 8 a.m. police were able to get Wagle out of the building, and he was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. There's no word on Wagle's condition.

Wagle is a former Pekin police officer who resigned in 2014.

 


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