Evanston police secure area after search for emotionally disturbed person

Several Evanston K-12 schools and daycares were placed on a soft lockdown Friday afternoon as police searched for a potentially emotionally disturbed person.

Initially, all schools and daycares in Evanston were placed on a soft lockdown, however, as the situation progressed, police lifted the lockdown for every institution except Lincoln, Park, Nichols and Chiaravalle.

No threats were made against any Evanston schools, however, police said they were taking precautionary measures due to the investigation.

Around 3:15 p.m., police said the emotionally disturbed person was barricaded in an apartment building in the area of Michigan & Main. Trilogy Behavioral Health & local law enforcement partners were on the scene.  

Late Friday afternoon, officers made entry into the individual’s residence, but they were not present. Police deemed the area secure and roads were reopened as police cleared the scene. 

A smaller police presence will remain as the investigation continues.  


There is no immediate threat to the public at this time and a shelter-in-place order has not been issued for the general public.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.