Shots Fired Call; NIPAS “SWAT” Response: Guns and Drugs Recovered at Red Roof and Courtyard by Marriott on Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights

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NIPAS “SWAT” Response at Courtyard by Marriott on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights police responded late Friday, early Saturday to a report of shots fired at or near the Red Roof Inn, 22 West Algonquin Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report sometime between 9:00 p.m. Friday and 1:00 a.m. Saturday of shots fired.

[This is an initial POLICE ACTIVITY report awaiting an official release from the Arlington Heights Police Department. At 9:00 a.m. there was no confirmation from police that shots were fired.]

Initially police had three suspects in custody and one gun recovered by about 1:00 a.m. Saturday.

At least two suspects fled to the west to the Courtyard by Marriott at 100 West Algonquin Road. The suspects allegedly barricaded themselves in a second floor hotel room, and threw two backpacks to the ground nearby. Inside the backpacks, police found controlled substances. At least one more gun was also recovered.

The NIPAS Emergency Services Team with heavily armed police officers, armored vehicles, and tactical operations vehicles was called about 6:30 a.m. Saturday for a possible developing armed barricade situation at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. The developing standoff was resolved by about 8:45 a.m.

A male and female were seen handcuffed on the east side of the Courtyard by Marriott building, and were seen transported away from the scene by police about 8:40 a.m.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood to a report of shots fired at or near the Red Roof Inn, 22 West Algonquin Road Arlington Heights, IL …


Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.

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