A 48-year-old Gillespie man was arrested for domestic battery after a four-hour long standoff with law enforcement Tuesday morning.
According to Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe, Carter J. Davidson of Gillespie was arrested in the 600 block of Plum Street in Gillespie and transported to the Macoupin County Jail. He was arrested around 11:15 a.m. following a four-hour standoff that started at approximately 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Chief DePoppe said an officer with the Gillespie Police Department was sent to the address after a concerned citizen informed police that there was an incident taking place and police arrived to find a distraught female outside the residence. The woman advised that Davidson and a juvenile were inside the residence and Davidson refused to leave.
“[Davidson] talked to our officer but would not allow the officer inside and would not come to the door,” DePoppe told the BenGil Post. “Then the communication with the individual stopped completely.”
After the communication ended, Chief DePoppe said Gillespie Police Department contacted the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and ILEAS SWAT unit to help resolve the incident peacefully. Law enforcement also made contact with the Gillespie School District, which is two blocks away from the residence, to advise them of the incident.
The police established a perimeter and used ILEAS SWAT team to deescalate the incident. Neighbors reported hearing negotiators talking to Davidson through a loud speaker. Negotiators were able to quickly resolve the incident safely.
“[Davidson] voluntarily gave himself up through negotiation,” DePoppe described. “There were no injuries to the suspect or officers.”
Joe Tieman, Superintendent of Gillespie CUSD 7 Schools, said at no time were any students in danger although the schools were on a modified lockdown.
“I was notified at approximately 8:30 this morning that a law enforcement issue near the campus was serious in nature and advised to implement a modified lock down,” Tieman announced by an automated call. The modified lock down prevented any students or staff from exiting the building and prevented high school students from leaving campus for their lunch hour. Tieman said the lockdown was lifted around 11:30 a.m.
DePoppe credited the peaceful resolution to a number of agencies and individuals including Detective Gerdes of the Gillespie Police Department, officers of the Gillespie Police Department, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) SWAT team, Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police.