ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The 22-year-old man who allegedly shot at police officers in a St. Paul Park standoff has been identified.

Nathan Adam Kluessendorf of St. Paul Park was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and assault on a police officer. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Police were involved in the standoff with Kluessendorf Tuesday morning — a situation that a Twin Cities sheriff said is a “miracle” that officers weren’t hurt.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at about 1:30 a.m. after Kluessendorf was reported to be walking on the train tracks near Pullman and 9th Avenue. Police said he was intoxicated.

Washington Co. Sheriff Bill Hutton said he is grateful that his officers were not injured. In the standoff, terrified neighbors were ordered to their basements and some were evacuated as the Kluessendorf allegedly refused to surrender and began firing at officers.

A special response team was brought in after Kluessendorf went into a house, reportedly with loaded weapons. A man and two women were in the home when the standoff started, but they were able to escape from the home.

The sheriff’s department said Kluessendorf shot at police with a rifle and a shotgun, firing multiple times at officers. Neighbors say after tear gas was thrown into the house he came out, but refused to surrender. That’s when officers shot him.

“I thought it was fireworks at first and then I heard, “Pop, pop, pop” and I thought, ‘Uh oh,'” said Melinda Joyce, another neighbor.

The standoff ended at 6:30 a.m. with no officers being harmed. Kluessendorf was taken to Regions Hospital.

A woman inside the house, identified as 42-year-old Sandra Kay Kluessendorf, was arrested, but has been released pending an investigation.

BCA agents today interviewed several officers who responded to the incident about the standoff and shooting. The officer who fired his weapon, Patrick Nickle, is on standard administrative leave.

Nickle has been a member of the Washington County Special Response Team (SRT) since 2006, serving as a marksman for the past four years. Nickle has also served with the Cottage Grove Police Department for the past eight years. He is a Marine Corps veteran, including combat duty in Afghanistan, and has been in the Army Reserve for the past 17 years.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation with assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Comments (15)
  1. zee the reporter says:

    He shot in the air not at police!

    1. fools says:

      sure he did you idiot

    2. Vince says:

      So you were there then I take it? And saw where every shot went?

    3. ashley says:

      thank you! he was shooting inside the house at objects, not at people!

      1. Vince says:

        Ashley, again… do you come across this first-hand knowledge? You wouldn’t be so intellectually dishonest as to repeat third hand information as if it was first-hand knowledge would you? I’m assuming that if he was shooting at objects in the house, that there will be gunshot holes etc. I’m sure this will come out in the investigation and validate your statements. That being said, shooting inside of a house is not without risk for those outside the house (neighbors, cops). do you know how many walls or buildings a rifle round or a shotgun slug will go through? I’m assuming you’ll be decent enough to apologize to law enforcement if the investigation shows you’re wrong.

  2. just sayin says:

    Way to go Officer Nickle!!!!!

    Love those brave officers!!!

  3. Chels says:

    Nathan was a good person . I don’t know how anybody could be happy about what happend to him. He does not deserve to lay in a hospital bed in a coma . Anyone who thinks otherwise can burn in hell!!

    1. Vince says:

      It’s unfortunate when something bad happens to any other human being. Nathan’s moral character or “goodness” or “badness” are not the issue. What is the issue is that he made bad decisions that put other human beings at risk–other humans who also have friends and families that love them–and have just as much of a right to life and happiness. Unfortunately, good people make bad or evil decisions sometimes and end up paying the consequences. So in this sense, if the cops have a right to protect themselves and a duty to protect the public, then Nathan did get what he “deserved” and should have reasonably anticipated for his string of bad decisions that night. That being said, I wish him a speedy recovery.

    2. ashley says:

      i wish we could make them see how amazing he was… and the people who are talking about him “getting what he deserves” or other stuff are the ones who need help. the police should have helped him not provoke him:( love you nate

      1. Vince says:

        Ashley, what exactly did the police do to “provoke” him? Making such a judgment presumes you have special (firsthand?) knowledge of the situation. Did their merely responding to a 911 call provoke him? If this is what you are suggesting, do you have a list of other types of 911 calls the police should ignore? What would have been a better way to handle this in your experienced opinion?

  4. Kennedy says:

    I hope he gets the help he needs. Nonetheless he put innocent peoples lives at risk (myself and my childs included). Good person or not he made a very bad choice and now he and his family have to live with it.

  5. tom says:

    This would not have happened if the cops just let him continue walking along the tracks drunk instead of harrassing him. at least he was not driving. I have often walked the tracks to get somewhere, it is safer than most streets.

    1. Vince says:

      Yea…..from now on the cops should ignore any and all reports of suicidal people. Let the families and loved ones deal with them themselves. Are there any other sorts of calls that the police should ignore because of a possible unintended/unforeseen outcome?

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