|Winnebago County Sheriff's OfficeNews Media Release
|| News Release Number 2012-029
| Information: Barricaded Subject—521 Tanya Ct.-Machesney Park, IL
| Date: 09/25/12
|| Time: 10:04 AM
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NARRATIVE: On Tuesday 9/25/12 at approximately 10:04 A.M. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies-Machesney Park Division, were sent to 521 Tanya Ct. in Machesney Park in regards to an individual who had barricaded himself in the residence following a verbal domestic dispute. Upon arrival deputies spoke to a relative of Dale Heilman (male DOB 1/29/53, 59 yrs. old.) The family member advised that Heilman has been very depressed lately, and he had barricaded himself in the home with weapons. The on-scene deputies secured the scene and called for assistance. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiators were called and responded to the Tanya Ct. address. Additional assistance was provided by the Illinois State Police and Loves Park Police Department. Neighbors were evacuated and the SWAT team deployed. Negotiators were able to make phone contact with Heilman and spoke to him on and off for several hours and he finally gave himself up. A search of the residence was conducted and several weapons and some ammunition were recovered. Heilman was charged with Possession of Firearms and Ammunition without a Valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail with a bond of $10,000. A photo of Heilman is attached. Heilman is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.