Arlington Heights man charged in downtown standoff

An Arlington Heights man had his bond set in court Friday after being charged in connection with an armed standoff in downtown Arlington Heights last week.

Jeffrey T. Sterner, 38, of the 100 block of West Wing Street, was evaluated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights after the events of May 4, according to Commander Mike Hernandez of the Arlington Heights Police Department.

Sterner is accused of firing a handgun from inside his downtown condominium and holding more than 15 suburban police departments at bay for three hours. He was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to police.

Hernandez said police waited until Sterner was released from the hospital to arrest and charge him.

Police said a weeklong investigation found Sterner fired several shots from his gun last week, including one that went through his condominium door and came to rest in a neighbor’s closet. The neighbor was not at home at the time, Hernandez said.

No one was injured and no other property damage was reported, according to officials.

Hernandez said Sterner’s firearm owner's identification card had been revoked for non-criminal reasons, but said the circumstances of the revocation were still being investigated.

“We were hoping to get additional information when we brought him in,” Hernandez said late Friday. But “he did not make a statement.”

Rolling Meadows Court Judge John Michael Cataldo ordered Sterner held in lieu of $150,000 bail in a hearing 9 a.m. Friday, according to court records. Sterner is next scheduled to appear in the Rolling Meadows courthouse on June 7 at 9 a.m.

Last Saturday about 5:20 p.m., according to Commander Kenneth Galinski, police were called to the apartment in the 100 block of West Wing Street in downtown Arlington Heights on reports of gunshots being fired.

There, police said, Sterner’s mother said she had been visiting with her son when he became despondent and threatened to take his life. He fired several shots inside the condo, according to police, and his mother called 911. He eventually handed the gun to his mother, according to police, but first removed the magazine from the weapon.

The woman was able to escape the condominium, but it was unclear at the time whether Sterner had more weapons, officials said. Hernandez said investigators now have what is believed to be Sterner’s 9 mm handgun, but no other firearms were found in the condo.

Police from 15 suburban departments responded and secured the downtown area, according to officials. Eventually, police were able to force their way into the apartment and Sterner was taken into custody and to the hospital, officials said.

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