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Man tased and arrested following barricade situation in Beach Park

Brian O. Harper, 45, of Waukegan | Mugshot provided by Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

A Waukegan man, who told officers to come get him during a standoff, was tased and arrested when police breached a door to a Beach Park home where he barricaded himself Saturday morning.

Brian O. Harper, 45, of the 3100 block of West Grandville Avenue in Waukegan, was charged with criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:20 a.m. Saturday to the 13400 block of Victoria Lane in Beach Park for a domestic dispute.

Sheriff’s deputies learned that Harper, who was involved in the dispute, had a felony arrest warrant for failure to appear in court for aggravated fleeing and eluding and another arrest warrant for driving on a revoked driver’s license.

Harper barricaded himself inside the home as police were approaching the residence, Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said. The woman who originally called 911 was able to get out of the home.

“As Sheriff’s Deputies communicated with Harper from outside the residence, he taunted them, telling Sheriff’s Deputies to kick in the door and come get him,” Covelli said.

After two hours of negotiating with Harper, the man agreed to open the door and surrender. Harper began opening the overhead garage door but quickly shut it and retreated back into the house, Covelli said.

“Sheriff’s Deputies breached the door and Harper continued to resist. Harper was tased and taken into custody without further incident,” Covelli added.

The man was transported to the Lake County Jail where he remains held on a $150,000 bond.

“This is another example of the dangerous job our personnel face on a daily basis. I applaud our staff on the scene for spending hours attempting to negotiate a peaceful surrender of this offender. Instead, he didn’t cooperate and continued his resistance, but our deputies were able to safely apprehend him,” Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said.


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