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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.

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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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