UPDATE (9:00 p.m.) — Normal police have identified the man who allegedly pointed a gun outside a Comfort Suites window Wednesday.
According to a Normal police press release, 37-year-old Michael A. Sumpter was charged with one count of disorderly conduct.
When police arrived on the scene, officers observed an unknown person with some type of long gun propped up against a wall.
Officers secured the floor and were eventually able to contact Sumpter, who voluntarily exited his room and was taken into custody without incident.
Police obtained a search warrant for the room. During the search, officers located a BB gun.
Sumpter has been transported to the McLean County Jail.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact NPD Criminal Investigations Division at 309-454-9593 or email email@example.com.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) — Assistant Chief Shane Hackman confirmed that the suspect is in custody. More information will be released soon.
UPDATE (3:38 p.m.) — Assistant Chief Shane Hackman has confirmed that the rifle has been pulled back inside the window and police are confident that the threat to the public has been contained.
Normal Police are working to make contact with the person in the hotel room.
Walmart has shut down its north entrance out of precaution.
NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Police have confirmed that someone is pointing a rifle out of a window at a Normal hotel.
The Normal Police Department posted on Facebook just before 3:00 p.m. that they were “dealing with an incident” around the 300 block of Greenbriar. The post asked residents to avoid the area.
Police Chief Steve Petrilli confirmed to WMBD that patrols were called to scene, and that they verified a rifle point out of a window at the Comfort Suites on Greenbriar.
Petrilli echoed NPD’s request for citizens to avoid the area.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.