Oak Forest police react to barricade situation; Residents urged to shelter in place – NBC Chicago

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Some Oak Forest residents were told to shelter in place Friday morning as authorities responded to “a barricaded subject” in suburban Chicago.

Officials said police were responding to the barricade situation just after 7am in the 5500 block of Ann Marie Lane.

“We are asking residents who live in the area to shelter in place at this time,” the city tweeted.

More details were not immediately released, but a fire was also reported in the same area.

Smoke could be seen billowing from a building as crews worked to put out the flames. The sound of what is believed to be gunfire could be heard at the scene.

The city noted that there was a heavy police and fire presence on the block and that Central Avenue was closed from Independence to 155th Street and 155th Street was closed from Long Avenue to Central Avenue.

Oak Forest Secondary School has reported that it is on ‘hold in place’, meaning pupils can still come to school but cannot leave. School remained in session Friday morning.

Check back for more on this developing story.

NBC Chicago

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