Po­lice: Buf­falo Grove sus­pect hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter stand­off

Ac­cused shooter of cou­ple shot him­self in car in Min­nesota

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - CHICAGOLAN­D - By Karen Ann Cul­lotta kcul­[email protected]­bune .com Twit­ter @kcul­lotta

A man wanted by Illi­nois au­thor­i­ties in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing deaths of two Buf­falo Grove res­i­dents last week is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter suf­fer­ing a self­in­flicted gun­shot wound fol­low­ing a stand­off with po­lice Fri­day night in Min­nesota, au­thor­i­ties said Saturday.

Buf­falo Grove po­lice have con­firmed with the po­lice depart­ment in Ed­ina, Min­nesota, a sub­urb south of Min­neapo­lis, that Ana­toliy Er­mak, 64, the sus­pect wanted in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing deaths of his ex-wife, Nataliya Er­mak, 55, and her hus­band, Ro­man Frid, 69, sus­tained a self­in­flicted gun­shot wound Fri­day night as he sat in his car in an apart­ment com­plex park­ing lot.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip from lo­cal res­i­dents that a car match­ing the de­scrip­tion of Er­mak’s white Nis­san Versa hatch­back was spot­ted near the apart­ment com­plex, Ed­ina po­lice ar­rived at the scene around 8 p.m., and at­tempted to talk to the driver in­side the car, Kaylin Eid­sness, a spokes­woman for the Ed­ina Po­lice Depart­ment, said Saturday.

“The whole in­ci­dent lasted about 90 min­utes, and there was just one shot, and it was the self-in­flicted gun­shot,” Eid­sness said, who added that po­lice were at­tempt­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with Er­mak when he shot him­self. Paramedics then trans­ported him to Hen­nepin County Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Ed­ina po­lice did not fire any shots dur­ing the in­ci­dent, said po­lice spokes­woman Jen­nifer Ben­nerotte, who added the man was by him­self in the car and it hap­pened in a res­i­den­tial area of town.

Ben­nerotte said they did not have any up­dates to his con­di­tion, and as of about 3 p.m. on Saturday, had not been no­ti­fied that he died.

No one else was in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to Eid­sness.

The apart­ment com­plex where Er­mak was found sit­ting in the car is in the 6600 block of Ver­non Av­enue in Ed­ina.

Ed­ina po­lice were as­sisted on the scene by of­fi­cers from the Eden Prairie, Min­netonka and St. Louis

Park po­lice de­part­ments, along with the Hen­nepin County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice.

The in­ci­dent with Ed­ina po­lice un­folded nearly a week af­ter the Buf­falo Grove cou­ple was gunned down in their con­do­minium park­ing garage at the Cam­bridge on the Lake res­i­den­tial com­plex in the 100 block of Lake Boule­vard, ac­cord­ing to Buf­falo Grove po­lice.

Nataliya Er­mak and Ana­toliy Er­mak di­vorced “sev­eral” years ago, Buf­falo Grove Po­lice Chief Steven Casstevens said at a news con­fer­ence ear­lier this week.

Po­lice be­lieve Er­mak acted alone, and they have not de­ter­mined a mo­tive for the killings, au­thor­i­ties said.

Ed­ina po­lice said they have had con­tact with Er­mak in the past, and court doc­u­ments from Hen­nepin County — which in­cludes Min­neapo­lis — show that Er­mak was ar­rested in 2007 by Ed­ina po­lice for do­mes­tic as­sault and pleaded guilty to dis­or­derly con­duct the fol­low­ing month.

Buf­falo Grove po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains on­go­ing.


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