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Man tased, arrested after allegedly shooting at dog walker with pellet gun in Spring Grove

Stephen J. Clarke, 60, of unincorporated Spring Grove.

A Spring Grove man was arrested after police said he shot at a man walking his dog with a pellet gun and then was tased after he refused to drop a knife when police apprehended him.

Stephen J. Clarke, 60, of the 39200 block of North Jackson Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault as a Class 4 felony, aggravated assault as a Class A misdemeanor, resisting a peace officer, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded with the Fox Lake Police Department around 5:15 p.m. Sunday to a 911 call in the 39200 block of North Jackson Drive in unincorporated Spring Grove.

A 22-year-old man walking his dog in the area told police that a man, later identified as Clarke, shouted, “this is private property,” and shot an air rifle toward the victim, the sheriff’s office said. The victim left the area and called 911.

Police went to Clarke’s home and were initially told he was not home by other people in the residence. However, police saw Clarke inside the home through a window.

Authorities learned that Clarke had an active arrest warrant for violating an order of protection. Police entered the home and found Clarke in the back bedroom of the residence armed with a knife.

“Clarke refused multiple requests to drop the knife and was subsequently tased. He was then taken into custody without further incident,” Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Clarke was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital McHenry for evaluation and then released back into police custody. He remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond.


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