Atkinson residents exchanged anxious late-night phone calls, texts and Facebook messages after being told an active shooter was on foot in their area.

Atkinson residents exchanged anxious late-night phone calls, texts and Facebook messages after being told an active shooter was on foot in their area.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Oct. 15, a Massachusetts man was pulled over during a normal traffic stop.

Shaun Nicholas Taylor, 36, of East Falmouth, Mass., exited Interstate 80 at Atkinson and headed south on the Atkinson-Galva blacktop.

He then abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

When a trooper arrived to investigate the abandoned vehicle, Taylor allegedly opened fire, striking the trooper’s vehicle.

Police say no one was injured during the gunfire and no troopers returned fire.

Police closed the Atkinson/Galva blacktop and warned residents to stay in their homes. Residents also were told to remove keys and lock their vehicles.

Officers said Taylor was “armed and considered extremely dangerous.

Residents were told to lock all out-buildings and use caution when approaching or entering them. They also were told not to pick up any pedestrians.

Members of the SWAT team secured and removed Taylor’s vehicle.

In the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 16, Taylor walked out of hiding and turn himself in at a police command center established south of Atkinson.

Even though Taylor is in custody, Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson said there will continue to be a heavy police presence in the Atkinson area as investigations continue.