Officials from Ramsey County expressed regret and said they don’t know how a shelter-in-place warning intended for a limited area of Roseville ended up reaching phones all around the Twin Cities metro area.
Ramsey County issued a public apology for the uncertainty and inconvenience the morning’s notifications had spread throughout the metro area.
“Ramsey County will continue to look into this matter in the days to come to find the origin of the problem and stop a similar scenario from happening in the future,” the county said.
Staff from Ramsey County transmitted the message on Tuesday morning utilizing the FCC Wireless Emergency Alert system.
The phone warning, which was received at at 10:50 a.m., stated, “Shelter in place – Homicide suspect at large.” The suspect was identified as a white man teenager aged 17.
However, according Minnesota officials, the FCC Wireless Emergency Notice system issued the alert to phones throughout Ramsey County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, and Washington County “for reasons not understood at this time.”
A second warning, issued at around 11:15 a.m., advised people to stay indoors “only for the Roseville area. Highway 36/Snelling to Victoria/Larpenteure area”