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Shots fired, no injuries in North Liberty standoff

Maryland man flees from police, shoots at them, barricades himself
Jason R. Brazao

NORTH LIBERTY– An incident, beginning in Coralville, ended in North Liberty with a Maryland man taken into custody after shooting at officers and barricading himself.
The drama began at approximately 3:37 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, when Jason R. Brazao, 38, of Montgomery Village, Md., was observed by law enforcement driving a van on Coral Ridge Avenue, in Coralville. According to a press release from the City of North Liberty, Brazao was considered armed and potentially suicidal. Officers attempted to stop Brazao, who instead led them on a chase northbound into North Liberty. Devices to stop the van were deployed with the vehicle chase ending on Stewart Street, close to Zeller Street. Brazao then fled on foot to the 300 block of Cherry Street where he entered an unnamed, unoccupied business. According to a criminal complaint filed by the North Liberty Police Department, Brazao was alleged to have fired six shots from a 9mm handgun during the foot pursuit “into the side of a building and near the direction of the officers.”
According to a second complaint, while in the building, Brazao “consumed adult beverages that belonged to the business.” Officers established a perimeter, nearby businesses were evacuated, and the public was asked to avoid the area, or if in the area, remain inside with locked doors. At 6:30 p.m. officials announced the incident was “peacefully resolved.”
Brazao was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson County Jail, where he remained as of Friday, Feb. 26.
Brazao was charged with carrying weapons (aggravated misdemeanor), intimidation with a dangerous weapon (Class D felony), interference with official acts-firearm (Class D felony), assault with weapon-peace officers (Class D felony), eluding (serious misdemeanor) and second degree burglary (Class C felony).
The North Liberty Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Coralville Police Department, Iowa City Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Special Response Team, Johnson County Bomb Squad, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, Johnson County Ambulance Service, Joint Emergency Operation Center, North Liberty Fire Department, North Liberty Recreation Department and North Liberty Street Department all assisted in the response. In addition, North Liberty Communications Director Nick Bergus noted, “Moxie Solar assistance was valuable during this coordinated event.”