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Beloit police confronted by unruly crowd during arrest of fugitive

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Beloit police are holding a briefing on the tactical situation this afternoon.

Posted by WKOW 27 on Thursday, May 21, 2020

BELOIT (WKOW) -- The arrest of a wanted fugitive today in Beloit became a chaotic scene as a crowd of people watching became unruly, and the house were the suspect was captured filled with gas.

The incident began about 11 a.m. Thursday when police were tipped off that a wanted federal fugitive was in a house in the 900 block of Gerald Avenue.

Fabian Jones, 28, is known to police to be armed and dangerous, so a tactical unit was sent to the scene, Police Chief David Zibolski said during a Thursday afternoon news conference.

After Jones came out holding a bottle of liquor in one hand and an unknown object in the other, police say he refused orders to drop the objects and go to the ground.

An officer then used a non-lethal bean bag to disable Jones and bring him into custody, according to Zibolski

But that's when things went from from bad to worse.

Bean bags are a less lethal use of force Zibolski said, but the gun they are shot from looks similar to a shotgun.

That's when a growing crowd thought Jones had been shot by police. At the same time, an officer nearby, hearing the bean bag being shot, said over the radio that he had heard "shots fired."

The crowd grew unruly and attempted to get to Jones and Beloit police called for mutual aid from Winnebago County and town of Beloit for crowd control.

Two officers received minor injuries during the scuffle, Zibolski said.

"No gun shots were fired during the incident whatsoever," Zibolski emphasized.

As officers attempted to execute a search warrant in the house, they discovered four people hiding inside, and one of them had turned on gas in the house, Zibolsi said.

Utility crews turned off the gas and four people are being detained pending the outcome of the investigation, Zibolski said.

JT Cestkowski

Social Media Content Producer/Desk Editor

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