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A large-scale police operation based at the Target parking lot on Howard Street reportedly turned up a suspect in Saturday’s homicide in Evanston.

DNAinfo reports more than 150 police officers were involved in the action that started early Wednesday, was coordinated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and involved officers from Evanston and from Chicago’s Rogers Park police district.

An Evanston police spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment on the report regarding the possible homicide suspect.

In the Saturday evening incident, 30-year-old Floyd Gibert was shot in the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue. His brother tried to rush him to the hospital, but crashed his car at Green Bay Road and McCormick Boulevard. Paramedics took Gibert the rest of the way to Evanston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers served court summons, orders of protection and other legal documents across West Rogers Park during Wednesday’s event, which was also designed to help police practice coordinating their activities in preparation for a terrorist incident or other situation requiring a large-scale response.

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Update 6:40 p.m. 12/15/13: Evanston police now say the DNAinfo report that the suspect in Floyd Gibert’s death was taken into custody during the Rogers Park police sweep Wednesday by Sheriff’s deputies is incorrect.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says Dominic Connnerly, who’s since been charged with first degree murder, was actually taken into custody in Zion on Tuesday by Evanston police detectives and members of the NORTAF task force.

DNAinfo has since revised its story to say that the Wednesday arrest involved “an armed felon who might have been involved in other shootings in the area.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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