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NORTH LIBERTY - A Maryland man who barricaded himself inside a North Liberty business is accused of shooting at police.
Around 3:37 p.m. Thursday, Jason R. Brazao, 38, was on Coral Ridge Avenue in Coralville driving a van that was being sought in a suspected crime, according to Johnson County Sheriff's Office and North Liberty police criminal complaints.
Deputies attempted to stop Brazao, who fled for several miles, authorities said.
The vehicle pursuit ended on Stewart Street in North Liberty, and Brazao ran from the vehicle. During the foot chase, he fired at officers six times with a 9 mm handgun, police said.
Police said Brazao took refuge inside a building in the 300 block of Cherry Street. The city of North Liberty evacuated nearby businesses and ordered residents to stay in their homes with doors locked. The business Brazao hid in is not identified, but police said he consumed 'adult beverages” that belonged to the business during the standoff.
North Liberty officials announced at 6:30 p.m. Thursday that the incident had been 'peacefully resolved.” Brazao was arrested and faces charges of second-degree burglary, assault on police officers with a weapon, interference with official acts with a weapon, carrying weapons and eluding.
Details were not available about the suspected crime for which the van was sought.
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