On 09/02/22 at approximately 9:00 AM, Wheaton Police Officers responded to the area of the 300 South block of Chase Street for a crisis intervention incident. An individual had barricaded themselves inside their residence and threatened self-harm with a knife. The individual was alone and there was no threat to the community. However, based on the large police presence, residents in the immediate area as well as the staff and students of Lowell School were asked to remain indoors for the duration of the incident. The Wheaton Police Department was able to peaceably resolve the incident and detain the individual. We appreciate the community's assistance and cooperation throughout the duration of this incident.
During this incident, we used an emergency alert system to inform residents via a cell phone Wireless Emergency Alert. The alert area is specific and only targeted cell phones inside of a four-block radius of the incident. We later received information of individuals outside of the target area receiving this message. We have identified this as a phone carrier-specific issue. We apologize for any confusion or concern this may have caused.
There is a heavy police presence in the area of Chase and Illinois. While there is no threat to the public, Wheaton Police are asking residents in the immediate area (within one block) to stay indoors until all clear is given. Please avoid this area until further notice. We will provide a further update.