ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A 23-year-old Roseville, Minn. man was arrested Monday night after posting a message of Facebook that led to a seven-hour standoff.
Police say the man was taken into custody around 9:23 p.m. on the 300 block of County Road C2. The incident began around 2:43 p.m. when a friend of the man saw he posted a message on Facebook saying he attempted to kill himself earlier that day. The friend contacted police, who responded to the scene.
When officers arrived, no one would answer the door, but the home was secure. On-scene officers made contact with the suspect’s mother, who allowed police inside the home through a garage service door.
Once inside, the officers attempted to make contact with the man in his bedroom but as they entered the room, they saw he was holding a gun in his lap.
Officers backed out of the home and requested negotiators and the East Metro SWAT.
Police moved nearby residents to a safe location and secured the outside of the home.
During the seven-hour standoff, negotiators called and texted the man but he refused to surrender to authorities.
At 8:20 p.m., tear gas was deployed inside the home. Then about an hour later, the man was taken into police custody as he tried to flee to the upstairs of the home.
The man was suffering from tear gas inhalation and was transported to Regions Hospital for evaluation.
Roseville Police will continue to investigate the incident.