SWAT detains man after neighbor reports shots fired in Uptown apartment building

Chicago — A five-hour SWAT incident ended with one man being detained after an Uptown resident reported hearing gunfire in his neighbor’s apartment on Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Officers responded to the 900 block of West Cuyler after the resident reported that his next-door neighbor, who had been yelling all morning, had fired gunshots around 1:30 p.m. A second 911 caller said they saw someone shooting out of an apartment window, according to police dispatch records.

A Chicago Police Department SWAT vehicle was at the scene of the incident in the 900 block of West Cuyler. | Mark Weyermuller

The first Chicago police officers on the scene radioed that they heard gunfire coming from the man’s apartment, too.

After police escorted residents from three floors, a SWAT team started to work on getting the man to come out. They succeeded around 6 p.m., and police took a man into the station.

Dispatch records show a history of phone calls about shots fired in the man’s apartment. The same neighbor who called 911 on Wednesday reported a nearly identical incident on January 28, but nothing came of that report.

A police spokesperson did not confirm that any shots had been fired, and no information was available about the man officers took into custody. As of early Thursday, the spokesperson said only that the incident is still under investigation.

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