Sheriff’s deputies deescalate armed man who barricaded himself in vehicle in Zion

Police say man took woman’s vehicle, pointed gun at her when she tried to get it back

ZION -- Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were able to make an arrest without injury after a man barricaded himself in a vehicle in Zion, police said.

About 4:15 a.m. Jan. 12, deputies were dispatched to the 18600 block of West Wright Road, near Grayslake, for an aggravated assault with a firearm.

Sheriff’s deputies learned that the victim is an acquaintance of Gregory Bradshaw, 33, of the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue, Zion. Bradshaw and the victim were living in the same residence.

Bradshaw allegedly took the victim’s vehicle from her residence, without her knowledge, and went to a home in the 18600 block of Wright Road, near Grayslake, according to a news release. The victim went to the residence near Grayslake to retrieve her vehicle and was confronted by Bradshaw.

During the confrontation, Bradshaw brandished a pistol and pointed it at the victim, police said. Bradshaw then fled in the victim’s vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies located Bradshaw as he returned to his residence in the 2700 block of Gabriel Avenue. Sheriff’s deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop on Bradshaw, but Bradshaw ignored the instructions of sheriff’s deputies and barricaded himself in the vehicle, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies and sheriff’s negotiators communicated with Bradshaw for nearly two hours. He eventually exited the car and was taken into custody without any force being necessary.

A loaded firearm and a spare magazine were recovered from the vehicle, police said.

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 unlawful possession of ammunition.

“Yet again, the high-level of training our sheriff’s deputies receive paid off,” Sheriff John D. Idelburg said in the release. “Working as a team, they deescalated a very tense situation and this individual was taken into custody without any deputies being injured and without force being needed. I am very proud of the work of all my staff on the scene of this incident and thankful for the assistance Zion Police Department provided.”