Sheriff’s deputies arrest gunman who took woman’s vehicle, leading to 2-hour standoff in Zion

Gregory Bradshaw, 33, of Zion, was arrested after deputies recovered a handgun and ammunition from his vehicle in Zion early Wednesday morning. | Photos provided

Sheriff’s deputies successfully defused a two-hour standoff with a gunman in Zion after he allegedly pulled a gun on a woman and took her car near Grayslake.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded at approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at the 18600 block of West Wright Road in unincorporated Grayslake to a report of serious assault with a firearm.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned the suspect was Gregory Bradshaw, 33, of the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue in Sion.

Bradshaw took the victim’s vehicle from his residence without his knowledge and drove to an unincorporated house in the 18600 block of Wright Road in Grayslake.

Bradshaw and the victim are acquaintances and lived in the same residence at the time, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

The victim drove to the unincorporated Grayslake residence to retrieve his vehicle and was confronted by Bradshaw.

During the confrontation, Bradshaw pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim, Covelli said. Bradshaw fled in the victim’s vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies located Bradshaw as he returned to his residence in the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue in Zion.

Sheriff’s deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop on Bradshaw, but he ignored the sheriff’s deputies’ instructions and remained non-compliant and barricaded in the vehicle, Covelli said.

Sheriff’s negotiators responded to the scene. Sheriff’s deputies and sheriff’s negotiators communicated with Bradshaw for nearly two hours.

After two hours of communication, the man finally got out of the car and was taken into custody without any force, Covelli said.

A loaded firearm and a spare magazine were found in the vehicle.

Bradshaw was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and illegal possession of ammunition.

“Once again, the high level of training that our sheriff’s deputies receive has paid off. Working as a team, they defused a very tense situation and this individual was taken into custody with no injuries to any deputy and no force required,” said Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg.

“I am very proud of the work of all of my staff at the scene of this incident and grateful for the assistance provided by the Zion Police Department,” Idleburg said.

Bradshaw is scheduled to appear at an initial hearing on Wednesday.