Police: Man tried to commit suicide from Sen. Mark Kirk’s office
BY ROSEMARY SOBOL AND VICTORIA JOHNSON Staff Reporters August 19, 2011 5:38PM
Updated: November 3, 2011 11:41AM
A suicidal man allegedly broke a window in U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s downtown office and tried to jump before authorities stopped him Friday afternoon, police said.
Secret Service has been notified because the man also made threats against President Obama, a source said.
The man walked into Kirk’s 39th floor office at the Kluczynski Federal Building shortly after 3 p.m. and threatened to kill himself, police said.
Kirk was not in the office. He is on naval duty, according to a statement from Kirk’s spokesman, Lance Trover. Kirk’s staff alerted Homeland Security and federal agents quickly detained the man.
“Officers with the Federal Protective Service (FPS) today responded to a distress alarm from the Chicago office of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and apprehended an individual who was making threatening statements,” said Chris Ortman, a Homeland Security spokesman. “The suspect is being treated for injuries at Northwestern [Memorial] Hospital.”
Trover would not comment on whether the man made any statements or threats against the senator, saying only, “We praise the rapid response of Homeland Security officers.”
The man was taken into protective custody by federal officers. The FBI is investigating.
Contributing: Stefano Esposito