Incident in Macomb, IL (Home to Western Illinois University)

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    Standoff at Farm King

    By Jodi Pospeschil
    The McDonough County Voice
    Wed Feb 03, 2010, 10:22 PM CST

    Macomb, Ill. -
    Terrified customers and employees of the Macomb Farm King store fled the business just before 1 p.m. Wednesday when a man opened fire inside.

    About five hours later, Jonathan J. Labbe, the man who entered the store with a rifle, was found dead inside from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. None of the employees or customers inside the farm and home supply store were injured.

    Labbe, 19, of Tennessee, was found near the housewares section by a police robot that was sent inside to look for the him. It was not clear Wednesday night how long he had been dead.

    At 12:45 p.m. Wednesday someone inside the store called 911 to report a man with a rifle. A short time later a second call came in reporting shots fired inside the store.

    Several Macomb police officers were eating lunch at a nearby restaurant and heard the call for assistance. A team of officers attempted to enter the store but were fired at by Labbe from inside. Police said Labbe then retreated further inside the business.

    Many employees and customers fled the store when Labbe entered the store with the rifle and after shots were fired. A total of eight employees and customers, including a small child, were trapped inside the business.

    Two employees were able to get out on their own about an hour later.

    The remaining six, three employees and three customers, barricaded themselves in an office and communicated with family members outside by using cellular telephones.

    “We knew where they were located and officers went in and got them,” said Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker.

    He said the employees were inside an office area near the customer service section of the store.
    Later in the afternoon police were able to reach the other six people and get them out of the store. They were taken to a waiting Macomb Fire Department rescue truck and transported to the parking lot of the Macomb Hy-Vee store. Ambulances were waiting in the parking lot but no one was taken from the scene.

    Barker said police have yet to determine a motive and said the man had no apparent connection to the store.

    The initial Farm King employees who fled the store were gathered at the Macomb Hy-Vee store. Later in the afternoon many were escorted to their vehicles so they could leave the area.
    The number of employees and customers inside the store when the incident began was not available Wednesday night.

    Police said the man fired at officers with a semi-automatic rifle. Barker would not say Wednesday if the man had additional weapons with him.

    Police attempted to make contact with the man inside the store but were unsuccessful.
    Numerous officers from Macomb, McDonough County, Colchester, Blandinsville, the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety, the Illinois State Police and a state tactical unit responded to the scene as well as a large mobile command post.
     
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    In other news, police are investigating whether the shooter had a valid FOID card, waited the required 24 hour wait for a rifle and the seller is still maintaining records of the rifle's sale for 10 years as required by state law.
     
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    Ah a Leatherneck.

    I'm a Saluki. Grad date May 1999
     
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    You're an Egyptian hunting dog known for its speed and agility?

    Just kidding...Blue Demon here. Class of 2003
     
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    Yes and I'm a very ruff guy. LOL

    Seriously Western Illinois University are Leathernecks and Southern Illinois University are Salukis.

    WIU are SIU are pretty big rivals in football, but SIU is much better!
     
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    Who have your latest NFL drafts been.....? :tongueout:
     
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    Bart Scott plays for NY Jets.
    Brandon Scott plays for NY Giants.

    When was the last time WIU won a Championship? :tongueout: :supergrin:
     
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    Back when it was still called the Gateway Conference, and I'm pretty sure we just had a first round draft pick in the last draft!
     
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    :thumbsup: Dispatcher did a great job. Officers got there quickly. Good work. Glad BG is dead, noone else injured. Sounds like manager was way stressed.