Arlington Heights police officers with the assistance of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team with tactical equipped officers arrested offender Nicholas Wagner.
According to Arlington Heights police, Nicholas Wagner, age 42, was arrested after an alleged domestic battery and after a standoff with police. He was transported early Thursday morning to Arlington Heights Police Department headquarters where he was charged with …
Aggravated Battery to a Peace Officer (Class 2 Felony)
Aggravated Assault of a Peace Officer (Class 4 Felony)
Domestic Battery (Class A Misdemeanor)
Resisting a Peace Officer (Class A Misdemeanor)
The Arlington Heights Police Department responded to a reported disturbance at 7 West Campbell about 12:27 AM Thursday, December 5, 2019. When they arrived, Arlington Heights police officers determined the disturbance involved a dispute with domestic violence. The victim of the domestic violence was able to exit her apartment with some minor injuries to her extremities.
When the first responding officers directed the suspect, a 42 year old male cohabitant (and boyfriend of the victim), to exit the apartment and surrender himself, the suspect refused and brandished a knife. Officers attempted to utilize a non-lethal response to the suspect’s resistance (a Taser), but the device was ineffective, and the suspect was able to close the apartment door and barricade himself inside.
The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS), our regional emergency services team, was activated. NIPAS responded with a cadre of tactical team members and related equipment, including an armored Bearcat vehicle, for operations involving an armed and barricaded person. After a prolonged effort to negotiate a peaceful resolution, a tactical solution was authorized. Operators deployed Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray) through the second floor apartment widows where the non-compliant subjected was located. This non-lethal alternative introduced into the apartment proved effective and caused the individual to open the apartment door. As the suspect exited the apartment, he continued to threaten and resist the members of the NIPAS team, but was ultimately taken into custody after additional non-lethal responses to resistance were deployed.
Residents in the area reported hearing “gunshots” but this was probably related to breaching the second-floor apartment window and deploying the pepper spray into the apartment.
Arlington Heights firefighter/paramedics were dispatched to the scene about 12:54 a.m., after the Taser was initially deployed, but the offender was still able to barricade himself until the pepper spray was deployed. Eventually, the offender was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to the hospital for evaluation. Nicholas Wagner was released from the hospital, and transported in custody to Arlington Heights Police Department Headquarters.
No police officers, NIPAS Team members, or other area residents were injured in the incident. The scene was completely cleared between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 am. and the breached apartment window was boarded up.
The investigation remains ongoing. Police did not initially release the identity of the suspect.
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