Barricade situation near Wilson CTA stop

Patrick Erwin, editor

Original posting at 6:19 PM: Shortly after 4 p.m. this afternoon, police blocked off a section of Broadway just east of Truman’s campus. The authorities are attempting to arrest a fugitive from out of state, and it appears the suspect has barricaded himself in a storefront.

A number of conflicting reports are out there – initially, this was described as a hostage situation. Alderman Cappleman’s office then clarified that it was not, and that one man is in custody. However, more recent reports indicate that street lights are being shot out in the area, which may indicate the situation is still active.

The CTA has closed stations between Addison and Berwyn. So any rider needing to exit or enter at Sheridan, Wilson, Lawrence or Argyle should look at other options – shuttle buses are being provided and the 22 Clark bus serves areas north and south. Click here for more details.

City Colleges of Chicago just sent this alert email to students:

“Due to police activity at Broadway and Wilson, we advise all members of the campus community to approach or leave the college from the west, avoiding Broadway and the intersection of Broadway and Wilson. CTA trains are NOT stopping anywhere between Addison and Berwyn so people using the Red Line should find other means of transport.”

If you have news to share about this incident, please let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Update, 6:30 p.m.: According to WBBM, confirmation has come from Alderman Cappleman that the situation is still active. Suspect has barricaded himself above Gigio’s Pizza. The proximity to the el tracks is the reason why police asked CTA to bypass Wilson (and other nearby stops). SWAT teams are the ones shooting out the lights.

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