Mahomet man arrested following standoff with police

Mahomet man arrested following standoff with police

MAHOMET — A Mahomet man was given a notice to appear for aggravated assault with a firearm following a two-hour standoff with police in Mahomet on Monday afternoon.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said the incident began at about 2 p.m. Monday when a man threatened two women with what appeared to be a gun.

After the women provided Metzler with a physical description of the man and his vehicle, including the license plate number, police checked the license plate registration information and learned that the vehicle's owner lived in the 1000 block of Hillside Lane.

Metzler said he reached the home at shortly after 3 p.m.

"As I approached the house, the suspect opened the door," Metzler said. "We exchanged a few words, but he refused to let me in, and he slammed the door shut."

Joining Metzler at the scene were other Mahomet police officers, Champaign county sheriff's deputies and members of the Metro (Metropolitan Emergency Tactical Response Operations) SWAT team.

"The man was reported to be armed, so, in the abundance of caution, we activated the Metro team to come assist us," Metzler said.

By the time the SWAT team arrived, Metzler said the man opened the door, came out of the home and was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m.

Police arrested Scott Mccaughrin, 70, who listed an address in Mahomet, for aggravated assault with a firearm.

Police got a search warrant for Mccaughrin's vehicle and home and recovered a toy handgun that matched the description given earlier by the women, Metzler said.

Metzler said Mccaughrin was give a notice to appear and was released because he was complaining of medical problems and refused treatment.

"Rather than assume liability, he was released," Metzler said.

Nobody was reported hurt.

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