Standoff with armed man ends peacefully

Police responded around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 2 on a call involving an armed 38-year-old St. Paul man experiencing a mental health crisis. Inver Grove Heights police responded to the SuperAmerica in the 7500 block of Concord Boulevard after they received a report of a man who posted photos online of himself in possession of a gun as well as making threats to harm himself.

When officers arrived to check on the man’s welfare, he discharged a round from a gun in his possession. At one point during the standoff, the man got out of his vehicle, held a gun to his head and asked officers to shoot him.

While this was going on, responding officers secured customers inside the store while other officers attempted to talk the man into surrendering. 

According to a press release, the Dakota County Multi-Agency Assistance Group M.A.A.G (SWAT team) and crisis negotiators were called to the scene. Shortly after M.A.A.G arrived, officers engaged the man who was sitting inside his vehicle. He was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m.; he was taken to Regions Hospital for evaluation. 

“This incident exemplifies the reason that law enforcement agencies are investing in mental health crisis response training,” Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Paul Schnell said in a press release.  “The response of our officers and partner agencies reflects the need to take all necessary steps to maintain the safety of the public, officers and the person experiencing crisis,” he added. 

– Hannah Burlingame

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