EAST CHICAGO | Lake County police said Saturday their officers recovered a number of firearms and body armor from a Marktown home where a Winfield man took his life when officers attempted to arrest him in connection with an Orland Park home invasion.
Anthony M. "A-Train" Espinoza, 27, of 10440 Nelson St., Winfield, died of a gunshot to the head Friday night at a residence in the 400 block of Liberty Street, said Patti Van Til, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.
Orland Park police said Friday that Espinoza was suspected of participating in a robbery and shooting at 2:50 a.m. Friday at a home in the 10900 block of Antelope Lane and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Lake County police Detective Michael Hinch, who was working with Illinois police, developed a lead that Espinoza was frequently seen at the Marktown neighborhood address, Van Til said.
Hinch and officers of the sheriff's gangs crime unit had surrounded the house about 8 p.m. Friday when they heard a gunshot, Van Til said. Someone from inside the house shouted to call an ambulance because a man inside had just shot himself in the head, she said.
Officers entered the house and found Espinoza on the floor mortally wounded. Although efforts were made to provide him medical aid, he died, Van Til said.
The Lake County coroner's office preliminarily classified Espinoza's death as a suicide.
Orland Park police said Friday they began looking for Espinoza after investigating reports that two suspects forced their way into the Antelope Lane house, shot a 30-year-old man and stole items from the home.
The suspects, described as men with dark complexions, dark clothing, about 30 years old and armed with handguns, joined a third man, described as a 30-year-old Hispanic, and together fled in a car east onto Interstate 80.
Orland Park police recovered what they believe to be the suspects' vehicle in Gary.
The shooting victim was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox with non-life-threatening injuries.