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On April 19, at approximately 1:55 p.m., two officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Asbury Avenue after receiving information that the garage and back door were open at a vacant residence. Police officers located a 25-year old man inside the residence pulling down exposed copper wire, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
After further investigation, when the officers were attempting to take the man into custody, he began to resist their efforts, said the Commander. One of the officers deployed his taser in an attempt to gain control of the man, with negative results. The man “brandished” a black handgun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, at which time the back-up officer discharged his weapon at the man, said the Commander. The man fled into another part of the residence and subsequently fled out of the residence on foot.
A perimeter had been set up in the area, during which time the man who was still carrying the gun, fled into a yard where an officer discharged two rounds at the man, causing him to drop the gun, said the Commander. The man continued to flee westbound on foot and was taken into custody in the 1300 block of Greenwood Street.
The man was not injured and was transported to the Evanston Police Department. The officers involved in the incident were shaken up, but were not physically injured in the incident, said the Commander.
After reviewing the case, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s felony review approved a felony charge of burglary against the man, who is a resident of Skokie. The man was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault to a police officer with a firearm and two counts of misdemeanor resisting a peace officer, said the Commander. The Illinois Department of Corrections also issued a parole violation warrant.
The Evanston Police Department Office of Professional Standards is continuing its internal use of force investigation into the incident.