Man in hours-long standoff now at County Jail

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UPDATE August 3, 8:30pm: The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office confirms Darrell O’Neal has now been moved from a hospital to the Peoria County Jail. 

Sheriff Brian Asbell tells WMBD O’Neal has been booked on Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery to child, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful use of Weapons, Felon in possession of Firearm and parole violation.


28-year-old Darrell W. O’Neal, the man involved in the roughly nine hour standoff in Peoria Wednesday night, is facing five charges from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. 

Criminal charges being sought against O’Neal include aggravated domestic battery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery and parole violation.

According to Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, his office responded to reports of a man armed with a firearm around 8:15 p.m. at 1917 S. Elizabeth St. Wednesday. 

Once on scene, they learned that a 38-year-old female and a 13-year-old male were physically assaulted by O’Neal. He allegedly threatened the two with the gun, firing it into the air as they tried to distance themselves from him. 

O’Neal reportedly had a relationship with the female. 

Deputies then found O’Neal at his house on Fremont with his 81-year-old grandfather. Communication was established with his grandfather, but he refused to leave residence until around 1 a.m., when he was notified a search warrant was obtained.

Ongoing communication were attempted to be made with O’Neal with no success, which led to a tactical entry of residence by the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (CIERT) at approximately 5 a.m.

O’Neal was found unresponsive in the attic, due to a suspected overdose of medication. He was transported to local hospital by the police for treatment where he remains under observation in stable condition.

No one else involved suffered major injuries. The investigation is still ongoing. 

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