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Quincy stand-off over, suspect in custody

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- A nearly five-hour stand off came to an end in Quincy Friday as the suspect surrendered to the assembled host of law enforcement agencies on scene in the 500th block of 25th Street around 7:15 p.m.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Jason C. McEntee, 43, of Port Byron, Illinois.

McEntee had a felony warrant for aggravated battery with strangulation out of Missouri. He's now in the Adams County jail.

Those who witnessed the standoff, like Jeff Hoener, said it was quite an exciting afternoon.

"I didn't know if maybe someone got locked in the house or whatever. I wasn't for sure but I'm hoping everything turns out to be OK," Hoener said.

Quincy Police Department Dep. Chief Shannon Pilkington said it began around 2:30 p.m.

As US Marshals were attempting to serve a warrant, they said McEntee barricaded himself in a silver Hyundai parked in the street.

Pilkington said McEntee told officers he was armed and threatened to shoot them.

Just before 6:30 p.m., officers moved an armored personnel carrier into position, blocking McEntee's car in and leaving him no where to go.

With everyone in position, officers began the process of forcing him out of the car, firing CS gas rounds through his windows.

"They're called ferret rounds," Pilkington said. "They're hard plastic on the end and they puncture the glass and then the gas comes out and it's introduced to the vehicle."

"It was nerve wracking especially because of the sounds," bystander Kim Snyder said. "We didn't know if they were gunshots, or if it was gas or what they were doing."

Pilkington said, ultimately, it was the gas that broke the stalemate, leading McEntee to surrender.

Pilkington said he wants to thank the other agencies for helping resolve a tense situation with no injuries.

"We are a small community and we have to rely on each other," Pilkington said. "Everybody kicked in something today and we got this resolved."

Others praised the assembled agencies for their handling of the situation.

"They did a great job of what looks like negotiating with him. We were all calm because it looks like it was very organized. They knew what they were doing," Snyder said.

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