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Classes cancelled in Johnsburg after standoff

Tuesday night, after shots were fired inside a Johnsburg home near the Moose Lodge, District 12 canceled classes for Wednesday
Maddie Canada
Police responded to reports of gunshots in a Johnsburg home around 11:10 p.m. on Tuesday. A shelter-in-place order was issued that evening and lifted Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Johnsburg schools called off due to a shooting in a nearby home.

Tuesday night around 11:10 p.m. shots were fired in a Johnsburg home. A shelter-in-place order was lifted Wednesday morning after a SWAT standoff that lasted hours and a multitude of police activity near Hamlin Drive and Filmore Road. 

A man who was undergoing a mental health emergency, barricaded himself and his wife in the home according to NBC Chicago and WGN.

According to a quote from NBC by Jason Greenwald, the Johnsburg police chief, the McHenry Sheriff Department assisted by sending their SWAT team to help control the situation. They set a perimeter and negotiated with the suspect for hours. The man was taken into custody safely and is now getting needed treatment. 

Trey Russell, who is a student at Johnsburg High school explains how Johnsburg schools made the right call in the action they took to close schools for the day.

“We were told that there was a police situation,” said Russell. “So schools were closed, we did not really know what was going on. I was getting my updates from news and social media.”

Russell explains how he feels about his safety returning to school, as things like this do not happen much in the Johnsburg area. He based this opinion from what he saw on news broadcasts saying “it seems controlled now.”

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