Cantrall man officially charged following police stand-off

Pictured is John Britz. (Police photo)

John Britz, the man that caused a three-hour stand-off with Sangamon County Sheriffs Friday, June 29, has now officially been charged.

Britz was charged as an armed habitual criminal, and faces three counts of aggravated discharge with a firearm and unlawful possession by a felon.

Police said when responding to the scene on Friday, Britz was chasing another man and shooting a firearm on Central Point Road in Cantrall when neighbors called the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived and found Britz holding a firearm and allegedly threatened to shoot law enforcement officers.

Britz retreated to his residence and continued yelling at police, challenging them to come and get him, according to officials.

The Sangamon County Tactical Response Unit and the Tactical Negotiations Team were called to the scene.

Britz refused to come out of the house for the next three hours.

Negotiators were eventually able to make contact with Britz and he surrendered to deputies at 2:30 p.m.

Britz will be in court Thursday at 2:30 p.m.



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