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SWAT team called for fight in Normal

Officers thought they heard a gunshot when they responded to the fight.

NORMAL (WJBC) - Normal Police summoned its emergency response unit or SWAT team to an apartment building near police headquarters during the pre-dawn hours Sunday, after authorities were notified of a fight that was being shown on Facebook Live.  

Police Chief Rick Bleichner said the concerned social media user reported seeing a live video of two women beating another woman.  Bleichner said investigators were able to link the video to an apartment building in the two-hundred block of Parkinson Street. 

The chief said officers knocking on the door heard what they thought was a gunshot, and the emergency response team was called. 

Bleichner said crisis negotiators were not successful persuading people inside the apartment to come out, so the SWAT team forced their way in.  

Authorities took into custody a man allegedly carrying a handgun.  Police took him to the McLean County Jail for illegal possession of a firearm.        

Bleichner said no one inside the apartment was seriously hurt, and police officers were not injured. 

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