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Cedar Lake man charged with attempted murder after SWAT standoff ends peacefully
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Cedar Lake man charged with attempted murder after SWAT standoff ends peacefully

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CEDAR LAKE — A 29-year-old Cedar Lake man faces 13 charges after his home was surrounded by Northwest Regional SWAT team members Tuesday night, who repeatedly demanded he come out of his residence unarmed.

Eric Scott Olson was charged with attempted murder; criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon; three counts of intimidation where defendant draws or uses a deadly weapon; domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon; domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury; domestic battery in the presence of a child; criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon; interference with reporting a crime; and three counts of pointing a firearm at another, according to Lake Superior Court Criminal Division records.

On Tuesday night police were called to the 7200 block of West 43rd Avenue in Cedar Lake to investigate a report of attempted murder and domestic battery, according to court documents.

A Cedar Lake officer spoke with a 29-year-old Oak Lawn woman who said she and her four children, ages 2, 4, 6 and 8, were visiting Olson, who is her ex-boyfriend, and were staying over at his home. She alleged he became violent toward her early Tuesday and threatened to kill her and her children if she called police.

The woman told police he had punched her in the face, kicked her legs and used a metal curtain rod to hit her on her upper left thigh, court reports said. At one point she said Olson allegedly put a handgun to her head and threatened to kill her.

The victim also accused Olson of making her 2-year-old “eat candy off the floor like a dog” and hiding her children’s belongings in his vehicle. The woman’s sister and father arrived at the residence in separate vehicles around 6 p.m. after she called them about the situation.

The woman’s sister alleged that when she went to the front door, Olson pointed a small handgun at her head and pulled the trigger, however the gun clicked but did not fire. Olson then told her she was lucky before firing two more shots as she and her sister ran away, court reports claimed. Neither woman was hit by gunfire.

The father told police when he arrived, he saw Olson come out of the house and heard two “bangs,” followed by the two sisters and children running out of the home. He told police he saw Olson holding a handgun.

The children left with the woman’s father and the sister left the residence and picked up the victim, who had ran down the street. The women drove to a gas station to call police, telling officers that Olson allegedly had multiple firearms in his home.

The Northwest Regional SWAT team responded to the residence and was able to negotiate a peaceful surrender, in which Olson was arrested at 10:45 p.m. Police obtained a search warrant for the home and found broken furniture and a bent curtain hanger in the kitchen. Investigators also found several lighters and torches as well as a glass pipe, which police said is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. In addition, officers found the victim’s and her children’s belongings in Olson’s vehicle.

A single-shot, metallic .22-caliber Derringer pistol, which matched the victims’ descriptions of the firearm Olson used, was also found containing a spent shell casing inside a mailbox outside the home, police reported.

The officers who met with the woman said she was trembling and her clothes were in disarray. Police reported seeing fresh bruising on the woman’s eye, her neck and her left upper thigh. Despite her visitation to his residence, the woman informed police she did have a no-contact order filed against Olson.

Olson is currently being held at Lake County Jail without bail and his next court hearing date has not yet been set.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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