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East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland came face-to-face with a man and his gun Thursday night, police said.
Copeland was walking down the 3900 block of Main Street shortly before 10 p.m. when a man came out of an alley and pointed a gun at the mayor, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported.
The man didn't demand anything, the Times reported, citing a police report, and ran off when Copeland stood his ground.
"If you're gonna shoot, then shoot!" Copeland said, according to the report.
He described the man with the gun as being African American wearing black jeans, a black parka with a black hooded sweatshirt and a black knit hat. He was guessed to be between 30 and 35 years old and stood about six feet tall.