Illinois State Police end standoff at Metropolis home peacefully

A standoff with state and local police at a home in Metropolis, Illinois, that followed a manhunt has ended peacefully, according to Metropolis police.

Police Chief Harry Masse says a state police SWAT team and K9 were able to take Justin Lamer into custody around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. “From what I understand, he didn’t put up any resistance,” Masse said.

State police sent in a robot into the home before they went in themselves. Masse said the SWAT team was under the belief Lamer had overdosed when they went in, and medical responders entered and began administering aid right away.

Masse said Lamer will eventually be jailed in the Massac County Detention Center, but he is being taken to the hospital first. Lamer was wanted on charges including possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of a felony amount of cannabis, and aggravated fleeing and eluding police.

When asked about a rumor that Lamer had been shot, Masse said that was not true. He said Lamer had cut his finger on a window pane when he punched it.

According to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder, the manhunt started as a domestic incident. Holder says Justin Lamer led police on a car chase. That car chase ended in Joppa after Lamer ran from the car. The manhunt turned into a standoff when Lamer went to a home in the 100 block of Lindsey Avenue in Metropolis, Illinois. Illinois State Police got involved at that point.

Maple Grove Elementary School and Joppa High School were evacuated earlier in the day because of the manhunt.

Metropolis schools are not under a full lock down, but elementary school Principal Sarah Wessel says they are not doing outside recess.

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