A large contingent of Evanston Police officers were seen along the CTA tracks in downtown Evanston about 6 p.m. Thursday.
Purple Line service was disrupted for a time, and as of 6:40 p.m. the CTA was reporting significant delays because of police activity.
In Twitter posts, the police department urged residents to avoid the areas of Church Street and Maple Avenue, Church Street and Benson Avenue and Clark Street and Benson Avenue.
But the department also said, “There are no active threats to the public at this time.”
Deputy Police Chief Melissa Sacluti tells Evanston Now that a citizen called police to report a man with a gun in the area.
When police arrived on the scene, she says, the man fled onto the CTA tracks. Police called the CTA to turn off the power and stop train traffic and chased after the man.
She says they eventually managed to take the man into custody without injury.
She says police had cleared the area by about 7 p.m.
Update 7/14/23: The person arrested by police Thursday evening, Shawn Raymond, 31, who’s last known address was in the 600 block of Hull Terrace, was charged Friday with felony unlawful use of a weapon and with misdemeanors for possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card and trespass to CTA property.
In a news release Friday police said the police response began about 5:36 p.m. Thursday after a citizen in the 900 block of Davis Street reported seeing a man remove a handgun with an extended magazine from a backpack, place the handgun back into the backpack and walk away from the area.
After a chase, Raymond was taken into custody on the CTA embankment in the 1700 block of Maple Avenue.
Police say he was found to be in possession of a bullet and that a search of the area led to the recovery of a handgun with an extended magazine in a large flower pot in the 900 block of Church Street, along the path Raymond used as he fled.
Raymond is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing in the Cook County Court at 26th and California in Chicago on Saturday.