Man arrested after confrontation in which police fired shots

Robin Opsahl, City Editor

Evanston police reported a man taken into custody Tuesday after a confrontation where officers fired shots, but no one was injured.

Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1300 block of Asbury Avenue at about 2 p.m. after receiving calls about suspicious activity in the vacant house, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. Police located the suspect in the house and tried to bring him into custody, but the man resisted arrest, Dugan said.

During the confrontation, one officer tased the suspect, Dugan said. The man pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun, which was later determined to be a BB gun, and a backup officer fired his weapon at the man but missed. After shots were fired, the man retreated into a back room of the house and officers set up a perimeter to contain him within the building.

As the perimeter was being set up, police observed the suspect running through the yard, still carrying the gun. One of the perimeter officers fired several shots at the offender, which also missed. The man dropped the weapon and continued to run.

The suspect was caught and taken into custody by officers in the 1300 block of Greenwood Street. The man was transported to the Evanston Police Department where he currently awaits charges.

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