Building evacuated, FBI, bomb squad and SWAT called to dead man's Chicago apartment
Building evacuated, FBI, bomb squad and SWAT called to dead man’s Chicago apartment

Rosemary Sobol

Chicago Tribune

Police returned to a Near North Side building Wednesday afternoon to follow up on the earlier death of a 30-year-old man and discovered a hazardous materials situation that prompted the FBI, the bomb squad and SWAT to respond, officials said.

Theodore Hilk, 30, was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. Wednesday at 240 E. Illinois St., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Detectives investigating Hilk’s death returned to the residential building about 4 p.m. and discovered a hazardous materials incident, Chicago police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said.

“They went back and realized they had observed a hazmat, and that’s when they called the FBI,” Tannehill said.

The Chicago police bomb squad and SWAT officers were also on the scene, where the building was evacuated.

Tannehill said they don’t know yet what caused the hazmat incident.

An autopsy for Hilk was scheduled for Thursday.

Check back for details.

rsobol@chicagotribune.com

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