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Massive police presence on city’s far West Side

Officers in tactical gear respond to incident

JOLIET – A massive police presence – including officers outfitted in full tactical gear – were stationed on a far West Side street Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

The Joliet Police Department failed to provide any information on the incident that unfolded on Buckingham Road on the city’s western edge, just east of Arbeiter Road and south of Caton Farm Road.

The scene is only yards from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Aux Sable Middle School.

A group of people was huddled on the street, crying in the rain.

A neighbor said someone was barricaded in a house on the street, which appears to be in an unfinished development.

A barricade situation in Joliet on Memorial Day ended with a man and woman being shot to death.

In that incident, Nakia Smith, 44, who was armed and holding his former longtime girlfriend, 43-year-old Kimiki Truss, hostage at a residence on Justice Lake Drive, opened fire on officers, police said.

Smith then ran with Truss to the backyard of the home, where investigators believe he shot her, police said.

The officers shot at Smith, but it has still not been made public if investigators believe the police killed him or he shot himself first.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

Truss later died at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

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