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Man shot at Romeoville manufacturer, suspect kills self

ROMEOVILLE – A Plainfield man shot and wounded a man last week at his former workplace.

Greg Boutin, 47, then confronted police before fatally shooting himself, Romeoville Police Department Cmdr. John Ferdinardo said in a statement.

About 8:30 p.m. Friday, Boutin went to HellermannTyton, 1485 W. Normantown Road in Romeoville, and rang the doorbell. When an employee opened the door, Boutin fired three shots – striking the 42-year-old man in the shoulder and leg – and fled the scene, according to Ferdinardo.

The victim was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

Boutin, a one-time employee at HellermannTyton, was located about 1:15 a.m. Saturday at his residence in the 17000 block of South Redbud Drive in unincorporated Will County near Plainfield.

"Boutin made statements through the front door to officers advising he was not going to prison and suicidal statements as well," Ferdinardo said in the statement.

Boutin then announced he was coming out with a gun and officers moved back to take cover.

Boutin sat in the front yard pointing a handgun to his head and "made statements in reference to having the police shoot him" before shooting himself a few minutes later, according to Ferdinardo. Police did not shoot during the incident.

Police said Tuesday no motive was known for the shooting, and the incident was still under investigation.

Will County court records show three speeding tickets and one insurance violation for Boutin between 2003 and 2007.

The Crisis Line of Will and Grundy Counties offers 24-hour service for those considering taking their own lives; call 815-942-6611 in Grundy County or 815-722-3344 in Will County. The National Suicide Hotline also is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255, and offers trained crisis counselors who can be texted about anything by sending the word "Go" to 741741.

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