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Crime & Courts

Police: DeKalb man shot by officer had handgun, shotgun

DeKALB – A 23-year-old DeKalb man accused of threatening police at the Suburban Estates apartment complex was armed with a pair of weapons, police said Tuesday.

Hassan Coleman, of the 1300 block of West Lincoln Highway, pointed a gun at police about 1 p.m. Saturday before a DeKalb County sheriff's deputy shot him in the shoulder, police said. Coleman was armed with a shotgun and handgun during the incident, said Illinois State Police Captain John Biffany.

"We recovered two guns from the scene, a shotgun and a handgun, both in the suspect's possession," Biffany said.

Illinois State Police are still investigating what happened. Coleman is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault, DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said.

Coleman was taken by ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital and later to Rockford Memorial Hospital; his injuries weren't life-threatening, police said. He was still at Rockford Memorial about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, but a hospital representative refused to disclose his condition.

The shooting happened after police received a call that a man with a gun was inside the complex on Twombly Road west of Glidden Road. When police arrived, citizens helped them identify the apartment in building 23 and police tried to make contact with Coleman's cousin, Cynthia Tyler, and her sons, ages 18 and 22, who were in the apartment.

Tyler told the Daily Chronicle her cousin was suicidal and erratic when he showed up at her son's apartment.

DeKalb and Northern Illinois University police also responded to the incident.

State police will receive results from the state's crime lab and submit their reports to the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office once they complete their investigation, Biffany said.

The deputy who fired the shot has been placed on leave while the investigation is underway, said Gary Dumdie, DeKalb County sheriff's chief deputy.

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