Shooting suspect arrested after Burlington standoff
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
"I just came home and saw the cops, panic a little bit," said Omar Nasir who lives next to the apartment where the police activity was focused.
He returned to his Front Street home after a long day at work to find police around his apartment house.
"I was worried, I thought something happened to my family," said Nasir.
But police were actually focused on the apartment next door.
"Some of our officers and U.S. Marshals were searching for a subject that was wanted, they located the subject a short distance from here, a foot pursuit generated, unit ended here when the subject took refuge," said Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling.
Burlington police say they attempted to take Troy McIlwain, known as "Breeze" on the streets, into custody just before 5 p.m. on outstanding warrants, including aggravated domestic assault. But he took off for an acquaintance's apartment on Front Street.
"A firearm was recovered during the foot pursuit, and we believed the subject remained armed," said Schirling.
Nearby homes were evacuated as police tried to get MacElwain to come out.
"We attempted to make contact with the subject for 3 hours, using throw phones, bull horns and he didn't respond to any of those. We asked the tactical team to come in due to the weapons involved, there was indication he may still be armed with a weapon," commented Schirling.
Just before 8 p.m. McIlwain surrendered was surrendering.
"He tried to escape through a window, contact was made and he was taken into custody without incident," said Schirling.
It turns out "Breeze" is also wanted in two other Chittenden County communities. South Burlington Police were looking for him in connection with a drug related shooting at the O'Dell Apartments earlier this month. And Winooski police want to talk to him about a shooting during a home invasion gone wrong in that city two weeks ago.
Back in Burlington, Omar Nasir was hoping for a more peaceful evening after a day at work.
"I am glad we can go back in, home safe. Glad to be back inside, put my family back inside," he said.
Burlington police say McIlwain will face new charges in Burlington in connection with the standoff. It is unclear what charges will be brought against in connection with the shootings in South Burlington and Winooski.
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