Powerless Lake County Sheriff’s deputies managed to defuse incident with gunman barricaded himself – Cardinal News

Gregory Bradshaw, suspect of aggravated illegal use of a weapon (Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded at around 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 to a report of an aggravated assault with a firearm in the unincorporated block of 18600 West Wright Road, Grayslake.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned the victim was an acquaintance of Gregory Bradshaw, 33, of the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue, Zion. Bradshaw and the victim lived in the same residence. Bradshaw took the victim’s vehicle from his residence, unwittingly, and drove to a house in the 18600 block of Wright Road, Unincorporated Grayslake. The victim proceeded to the unincorporated Grayslake residence to collect his vehicle and was confronted by Bradshaw. During the confrontation, Bradshaw brandished a pistol and pointed it at the victim. Bradshaw then fled in the victim’s vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies located Bradshaw as he returned to his residence in Block 2700 of Gabriel Avenue. Sheriff’s deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop on Bradshaw, but Bradshaw ignored instructions from Sheriff’s deputies and remained non-compliant, barricaded in the vehicle.

Sheriff’s negotiators were asked to respond to the scene. Sheriff’s assistants and sheriff’s negotiators communicated with Bradshaw for nearly two hours. After two hours of communication, he finally got out of the car and was taken into custody without the need for any force.

Firearm allegedly recovered with Gregory Bradshaw, suspect of aggravated illegal use of a weapon (Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

A loaded firearm and spare magazine were recovered from the vehicle.

Bradshaw was transported to the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and subsequently charged with:

Two counts of aggravated illegal use of a weapon
Two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a criminal
Two counts of aggravated assault
Resist arrest
Illegal possession of ammunition

Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Once again, the high level training our Sheriff’s Assistants receive has paid off. Working as a team, they defused a very tense situation and this individual was taken into custody without any deputy being injured and without the need for force. I am very proud of the work of all my staff at the scene of this incident and grateful for the help provided by the Zion Police Department.

Bradshaw is scheduled to appear in an initial court hearing today.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless their guilt is proven by a court.