A standoff involving a man with a rifle and a large knife that started late this morning at a South Loop rail yard ended peacefully a little after 1 p.m.
Police were called to the scene of the standoff south of Roosevelt Road at Lumber Street, west of the Chicago River, a little before noon, according to the Chicago Police Department. The situation ended peacefully with no injuries and the man was taken to the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center for evaluation, officials said. Roads which had been closed in the area were reopened soon after.
Amtrak police discovered someone trespassing on railroad property and the person may have been threatening suicide, police said. Amtrak police, with the help of Chicago police, had been dealing with a person who was trespassing on railroad property, an Amtrak spokesman said.
An older man with what appeared to be a rifle and a butcher knife got into a standoff with police on the west bank of the Chicago River, at the east end of the rail yard, police said. At times, he covered the rifle with a jacket or blanket but also pointed it at police.
During the standoff, at least 20 officers were on the scene in the rail yard, which is just south of Union Station.
A Metra spokeswoman said Metra police were not involved, and a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train was let through the yard this afternoon despite the standoff.
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