Man claiming he's armed threatens to shoot passengers on Greyhound bus

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

One passenger, Patrick Dodd, told the Chicago Tribune that the incident began when the man who said he had a gun started to threaten passengers riding in the back of the bus.

Several law enforcement agencies from Wisconsin and IL reportedly are now at the scene, surrounding the bus. "He was pacing back and forth in the aisle, acting suspiciously, digging into his waistband", Schmaling said. With guns drawn, police took the suspect into custody.

Authorities say they have a suspect in custody after a "possible hostage situation" on a Greyhound bus on I-94 near Chicago. A spokesman for the Racine County Sheriff's Office did not immediately return a call Saturday morning. Passengers also said the man with the gun threatened to kill them several times. Schmaling said the man made threats to law enforcement as he was being transported to jail.

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Deputies with the Milwaukee and Kenosha County Sheriff's Offices both attempted to pull the bus over, but the driver didn't stop the vehicle.

"We dodged a bullet, we really did in my view", Schmaling said.

About 40 Greyhound passengers were safely removed from the bus, police said. But he too was confused about why it took so long for the driver to stop. "We tried to get him to calm down, there were four or five people telling him to sit back down, but he refused to, and that's when I was on the phone with 911 begging for help".

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