Man with outstanding arrest warrants taken into custody by Tazewell Co. officials

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PEKIN, Ill. — A man with several warrants out for his arrest was taken into custody after a Sunday morning standoff.

Brian K. Bearce was initially pulled over for a traffic stop at approximately 12:17 a.m. Sunday by a Tazewell County deputy in Pekin. The deputy recognized Bearce from previous encounters and knew he had warrants for his arrest related to traffic and felony criminal cases.

Chief Deputy Tim Gillespie said Bearce refused to pull over and was pursued westbound on Derby St. During the pursuit, Bearce pointed a handgun out his window directly at the deputy. Eventually, Bearce struck another vehicle and a short standoff occurred at the crash site with Pekin police officers and Tazewell County deputies.

Bearce was seen holding a handgun to his head shouting for officers to kill him, Gillespie said.

After several orders to put the gun down and come out, a Pekin officer fired a less-lethal shotgun striking him twice with bean bag rounds. Bearce attempted to flee when a deputy deployed a taser striking him. He was then taken into custody.

Bearce was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of weapons, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, reckless driving, driving on suspended license and flee or attempted to elude peace officer. Gillespie said he also had five outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Tazewell and Peoria counties.

No serious injuries were reported involved in the traffic crash.

The Tazewell County Sheriff Office is conducting an investigation into this incident along with assistance by the Illinois State Police and the Pekin Police Department.

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