Updating a story we brought you yesterday, a police standoff that started Saturday continues this morning, with neighbors describing the two elderly brothers who refuse to leave their rural Vienna home as harmless despite an armed standoff with police that entered a third day this morning.
The standoff apparently started after an argument between family members and culminated in one of the men verbally threatening to shoot a police officer, Johnson county sheriff Elry Faulkner said. Police have said the second man is not a hostage but it remains unclear why he, too, has not left the residence.
Faulkner said the men, who police have not yet publicly identified, are 75 and 80 years old. Police responded at 1 p.m. Saturday to the home on old cypress road, just west of Vienna, to conduct a welfare check.
Police maintained a perimeter of about three-quarters of a mile around the home in the sparsely populated area. Illinois state police are the lead agency on the standoff but have not released a statement. It is unclear whether homes within the perimeter have been evacuated.
Some neighbors are critical of the standoff, saying the men are harmless despite the threat and that police are exasperating the situation with their constant presence.
Police cannot take the risk of leaving the scene in the event that either of the men turns dangerous, regardless of how unlikely one or both would, Faulkner said. He also responded to neighbors’ comments concerning the threat.