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SWAT team takes down barricaded Marengo man

MARENGO – The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called in Saturday after a man pointed a handgun at deputies trying to serve a warrant and later barricaded himself in the basement of his Marengo Township home.

Deputies fired at Edward P. Bolen, 49, of 2905 Northwest Road, Marengo, after he pointed the gun at them, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. It was unclear whether Bolen’s handgun was loaded.

He was not injured by deputies’ gunfire. It also was not clear how many deputies were involved or how many shots authorities fired.

The incident occurred at 12:18 p.m. Saturday. No deputies were injured in the eventual arrest of Bolen.

After the initial confrontation, he barricaded himself in a room in the basement of his home and brandished a knife at SWAT team members, the sheriff’s office said in the news release. The tactical squad fired beanbag rounds that incapacitated Bolen, the release said.

He was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, treated for injuries and then released into custody. He was being booked into the McHenry County late Saturday.

Bolen faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, both Class 4 felonies.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owners identification card.

Sheriff’s deputies initially went to Bolen’s home to serve him a warrant for domestic battery, and said they saw him in the home with his roommate.

The sheriff’s office late Saturday was directing requests for additional information to the Illinois State Police.

State Police will investigate the incident because an officer was involved in a shooting. A spokesman for the agency could not be reached Saturday night.

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