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home : news : north central illinois   April 29, 2016

7/21/2014 5:21:00 AM
UPDATE: Standoff ends in Oglesby neighborhood

NewsTribune photos/Scott AndersonSquad cars block a 1-block stretch of School Street west of Washington School Sunday night.
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NewsTribune photos/Scott Anderson
Squad cars block a 1-block stretch of School Street west of Washington School Sunday night.
Officers wait outside near Florence and School streets.
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Officers wait outside near Florence and School streets.
Craig Sterrett
News Editor

Police evacuated some Oglesby residences near Washington School on Sunday night and this morning during a standoff with an armed man.

The incident that began before 9 p.m. was resolved at 4:30 a.m. today after Eric N. Fischer, 34, of 301 W. Florence St. had “refused to cooperate with negotiators and was taken into custody after law enforcement action removed him from the house.”

The tactical team responded and threw an OC Grenade — an aerosol can that emits a sort of pepper spray — into the house, and the negotiator continued with the suspect, who eventually came out.

“It gets pretty nasty when it’s confined,” Oglesby police chief James Knoblauch said of the vapor that comes out of the aerosol grenade.

Fischer preliminarily has been charged with domestic battery, with further charges pending once reviewed by La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Oglesby police said.

The incident began when a woman reportedly went to a neighbor’s house asking for help and called 911, saying she was battered by her husband. Fischer had barricaded himself “in his residence with two handguns,” two pit bulls and a German shepherd, according to Oglesby police.

The neighborhood was startled at about 9 p.m. Sunday when police cars from Oglesby, Peru, Illinois State Police District 17, La Salle, Lostant and Wenona started blocking two different city blocks west of Washington School. Officers carrying rifles surrounded a house on the south side of Florence Street about 50 feet west of School Avenue. La Salle County Tactical Team also came to the scene to assist.

At 10:15 p.m., police cars still had School Avenue between Walnut and Florence streets blocked off, and also had Florence Street from School to Kenosha blocked.

Walnut Street resident Thad Harris said one family with children next door to the house the police were watching either opted to leave or was instructed to leave until the standoff was over. Oglesby police confirmed that the police evacuated homes immediately neighboring Fischer’s house. Other neighborhood residents said they were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

Another person near the scene was taken into custody at about 2 a.m.

“In a related incident to the domestic violence investigation, Johnathan F. Norrell, 29, of 148 E. Walnut St., was charged with obstructing justice when he interfered with the domestic battery investigation by going into the secured area,” according to a press release.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or

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