OCT. 3 EDITOR'S NOTE: It was incorrectly reported in stories published on Aug. 11 and previously that Frank Fink was inside his home when it was surrounded by police for several hours after gunshots were reported by neighbors outside the house on Jan. 31, 2015. Police confirmed Fink’s son was inside. No criminal charges were filed in the case against Fink or his son.
A Pekin man went to jail this week, more than 2 1/2 years after he forced an hours-long standoff with heavily armed police at his home.
Frank Fink, 51, was sentenced to 90 days after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor possession of a firearm. The charge was reduced from possessing a firearm with a revoked FOID card, a felony.
For about five hours into the night of Jan. 31, 2015, Fink refused to emerge from his home at 323 S. Fourth St. as a Central Illinois Emergency Response Team waited outside. Surrounding streets were closed and neighbors were told not to leave their homes during the standoff.
It began at about 4 p.m., when neighbors reported Fink fired at least one shot from a handgun outside his home and returned inside.
When police requests for anyone inside to come out went unanswered, the CIERT team sent a remote-controlled, camera-mounted robot inside the home. It climbed a flight of stairs and made contact with Fink’s son, who was sleeping in his bedroom, police said.
Fink, however, remained in the home until about 9 p.m. before he emerged and was arrested without further incident. Police said alcohol did not play a role in the incident, but other reasons for Fink’s behavior remained unclear.
Initially cited for obstruction of justice as a city ordinance violation, he was charged with the firearms-related crime several months later after police confirmed he had been in possession of a loaded firearm.
Fink also must pay $657 in court-related costs, but restitution was not ordered for police overtime and other costs related to the standoff. He will be given day-for-day credit on his jail sentence.
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