Waukegan man arrested after standoff with police after allegedly firing rifle in air

A Waukegan man was arrested after police said he walked out of his apartment, fired shots from a rifle into the air, and then went back into his apartment, in Waukegan in late November.

Agustin Moreno-Martinez Jr., 29, of 1740 Walnut Street in Waukegan, was arrested following a police standoff in Waukegan on November 24, according to police files obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Police records show that the Waukegan Police Department was called at 7:45 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of Greenwood Avenue in Waukegan. When police officers arrived they heard multiple gunshots in the area.

A 911 caller told police that a male Hispanic wearing a white t-shirt stepped outside of his residence and fired a rifle in the air, and then went back inside. A perimeter was setup around the apartments at 1740 Walnut Avenue, which is adjacent to the address that police initially responded to.

The documents released show that when police initially arrived, two men, one of them later identified as Moreno-Martinez Jr., walked out from the apartments and tried getting into a pickup truck. When police confronted them, the two men went back into the building.

According to the police report, Waukegan Police Department Deputy Chief Guzman requested a Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) response, which brought in 18 additional police officers from police departments throughout Lake County to assist Waukegan police officers at the scene.

Moreno-Martinez Jr. was later arrested when police ordered everyone out of the residence at gunpoint and detained them, police reports show. Police recovered the gun allegedly used by Moreno-Martinez Jr. to fire the shots.

Moreno-Martinez Jr. was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a class 4 felony. He has since been released on bond and is scheduled to appear again in court on January 9.

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