Evanston police called to the Claridge Apartments at 319 Dempster St. this morning about a person behaving erratically ended up using a Taser to subdue the man.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the incident began about 9:25 a.m. when officers responded to a call from a social worker about a 25-year-old resident of the building who was off his medications and behaving erratically.

Dugan says the officers found the man in his apartment and requested a Fire Department ambulance to respond to the scene so the man could be transported to a hospital for evaluation.

But while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, Dugan says, the man became combative and pushed an officer in the chest.

As the officers tried to gain control of the man, Dugan says, they all ended up on the ground with the man on top of one of the officers and refusing verbal commands.

Dugan says that after one of the officers deployed his Taser, the man became compliant and was secured in handcuffs by the officers. He was transported to Evanston Hospital for involuntary committal.

No charges have been filed at this time. Both officers received minor injuries in the altercation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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