Police Standoff Hoax In Oak Forest Cost More Than $50K
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The standoff — which involved 100 police officers from 20 different communities — was estimated by city officials to cost taxpayers "much more" than $50,000. It started when a friend of Fitch's called police on Thursday at 4 p.m. and told them that Fitch might be armed and suicidal. Police responded to the call, shut down traffic along Central Avenue, and evacuated nearby homes. Fitch's actual location was revealed by a bartender, who overheard him talking on his cell phone, and recognized Fitch from the news on TV in the bar.
Neighbors described Fitch as "an odd neighbor who enjoy[ed] blowing up fireworks at random times," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "At 10 o'clock at night, he'd blow off M-80s," one neighbor told the Sun-Times. "He'd blow them off, then drive away so the police never caught him."
On Friday, Fitch was undergoing a mental evaluation. He could face charges of disorderly conduct, and a possible legal battle with the city.