1 in Custody After Standoff in Murphysboro


By WSIL Manager

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Saturday, MAY 31, 2014

JACKSON COUNTY-- A Murphysboro man is in custody, after a standoff with police that lasted more than 24 hours. No one was hurt, but officers were afraid the suspect had weapons and would turn violent.

Murphysboro Police corrected the name of the person arrested on Saturday. Forty-one-year-old Matthew W. Blacklock is charged with intimidation and reckless driving. Police say it all started when he threatened his neighbors.

The standoff kept much of Murphysboro on edge Friday. Police blocked off several streets surrounding the 200 block of North 18th street, where Blacklock lived.

"He had made some threats to some neighbors and we had reason to believe that he had weapons in the house so we secured the entire block," Chief Brian Hollo explained.

Hollo says officers watched the home for 24 hours, staking out the man who was believed to be armed and dangerous.

"They said there was a man holed up in his home with guns and threatening to kill people," added neighbor Becky Streuter.

Blacklock wouldn't walk outside until state police negotiators convinced him to give himself up.

"That was the final piece of the puzzle to get him to surrender to us," Hollo admitted.

The situation started Thursday when police say Blacklock began driving recklessly in a lot across from his home. He destroyed the grass and intimidated neighbors. By the time police arrived he was holed up inside his house.

"There's just no telling what could've happened. I mean you always think the worst," said neighbor Colby Siefert.

He lives a couple doors down from Blacklock and was shocked to see all of the officers in the neighborhood.

"You don't know what's going through a guy's mind whenever they're surrounded by cops like that," said Siefert.

He's noticed Blacklock's gotten more agitated in the past month.

"Yelling a little bit, maybe he was angry at somebody. He gets loud; we hear it going on," he added.

Investigators found an ongoing feud between Blacklock and his neighbors sparked the incident.

"We think there may be some other issues underlying issues and we'll be sure that he gets any treatment that he needs," Hollo said.

Blacklock is in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bond. Murphysboro police don't expect any further charges.


UPDATED 5:05 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro Police have identified the suspect as Michael Blacklock, 41, of Murphysboro.

Police say Blacklock turned himself over to authorities around 4:40 p.m. Friday. He has been charged with intimidation and is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bond.


UPDATED 4:45 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

MURPHYSBORO -- One person has been taken into custody following a standoff in Murphysboro.

Murphysboro Police say they received a complaint around 12:30 p.m. Thursday of reckless driving on North 17th Street.

While investigation the complaint, police say the suspect made threats toward other residents in the neighborhood then refused to cooperate with authorities or leave his home.

"As additional intelligence was gathered and the residence secured, it became apparent that additional resources would be needed as the investigation continued overnight and into the morning hours of May 30th," Chief Brian Hollo stated in a news release Friday afternoon.

The Illinois State Police Negotiations Team was called to the scene and several streets around the area were blocked off.

Around 4:40 p.m. Friday, the suspect was taken into custody. News 3's Sam Jones will have more on the situation tonight on News 3.



MURPHYSBORO -- Authorities have blocked off multiple streets in Murphysboro as part of an investigation into "an incident" on North 18th Street.

Officials say a man is inside a home in the 200 block of North 18th Street.

Illinois State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are also assisting.

Look for updates tonight on News 3.

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