MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A standoff at a residence north of the Twin Cities ended with a 46-year-old Lindstrom man being taken into custody Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The Lakes Area Police Department was called at about 3:48 p.m. to a residence on the 126000 block of Mentzer Trail in Lindstrom on a report that a man had locked himself in his basement with a gun and may be suicidal. There were four other family members inside the residence at the time, and they were able to leave without incident.
While officers responded, the man’s wife stayed in the basement an unsuccessfully tried to get him out of the basement.
When officers arrived, they were able to get the woman out with assistance from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office. Nearby homes were also evacuated at the time as a precaution.
Authorities say the homeowner had been making comments about taking his life. As SWAT team negotiations started on scene, the man exited the house without a weapon and was taken into custody.
The Lakes Area Police Department said what prompted the incident is under investigation. The man’s wife, two adult daughters and one juvenile daughter were able to go back inside the home when the incident was over.
The man, whose name has not been released, was placed on a 72-hour mental health and welfare hold and transported to the VA hospital for evaluation and treatment.