Nicholas Bantista

Nicholas Bantista of Ottawa. (LaSalle County Jail booking photo)

An Ottawa man who was involved in a standoff with Police Officers in Leland on Jun. 5 is now being charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault in relation to the incident.

According to Leland Police Chief Jason Bragg, 19-year-old Nicholas Bantista of W. Madison St. was booked into the LaSalle County Jail on the charges on Thursday after he was released from Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

As WSPY previously reported, officers were called to the 100 blk. of N. Main St. at around 11:00 p.m. on Jun. 5 for a report of a person armed with a gun.

Upon arrival officers encountered Bantista, who was threatening to kill himself and was allegedly pointing what appeared at the time to be a handgun at officers.

A brief standoff ensued between officers and Bantista, who allegedly repeatedly stated that he wanted the officers to shoot him.

Shortly thereafter, Bantista shot himself in the head multiple times with what was later identified as a BB gun.

Bragg spoke with WSPY on Jun. 6 about the extent of Bantista's injuries.

Bantista was then subdued by police and was taken into custody without further incident. Officials say that a Leland Police officer was injured while attempting to subdue Bantista.

It was also determined that Bantista called 911 on himself, and that he allegedly wanted to provoke a shooting with police.

After he was taken into custody, Bantista was transported by Leland EMS to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich for treatment for his self-inflicted injuries.

Bantista was released on Thursday, and was transported to the LaSalle County Jail for booking.

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.