A welfare check on a 74-year-old man Monday at an Oglesby home led officers to call a bomb squad and once inside, they found the man dead.
Donald D. Reagan was well-known in town as having a history of confrontation with police, according to several sources in Oglesby.
Reagan died of apparent natural causes, according to a press release from La Salle County Coroner’s Office.
Officers went to the home in the 600 block of North Columbia Avenue at about 6:30 a.m.
“Upon arrival at the residence, officers became suspicious after they observed wires coming out a window,” the press release said. “For the safety and security of responding personnel, Oglesby Police contacted the Kane County Bomb Squad for assistance in gaining entry to the home. Kane County responded to that location, securing the area and residence. Safe entry was made into the home.”
At 12:45 p.m. Oglesby police and fire personnel, an officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Kane County Sheriff Office Bomb Squad and a city utility crew were at the home. The utility crew reconnected an overhead electrical service line they had disconnected earlier in the day.
Officers gathered around the front porch of the home and began relaying the home’s contents out the front door and onto the lawn.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, according to the press release.
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