MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities say a man is in custody after threats to harm prompted a police standoff and lock down of schools in Northfield in what was deemed a dangerous situation for several hours Tuesday afternoon.
The Northfield Police Department responded at about 2:50 p.m. to the area of Harbor Drive and Ford Street E. When officers arrived, a man claimed to be in his home armed with firearms and threatening harm. Officers and members of the Rice County Emergency Response Unit responded, created a perimeter and made attempts to contact the man.READ MORE: Essentia Health Switching To Self-Swab COVID Tests So Workers Can Focus On Booster Shots
Northfield police urged residents who may be in the area to lock their doors, stay inside and keep their children inside. Students in the area were also not allowed to leave school unless a parent came to pick them up.READ MORE: Mohamed Noor To Be Resentenced In Justine Ruszczyk Damond's Shooting Death
The Northfield Police Department said the suspect, identified as 46-year-old Mark Thomas Hawanchak, likely fled the area in a van before authorities got to the scene. He was taken into custody at about 5 p.m. in Inver Grove Heights.MORE NEWS: Jerome Horton, 25, Federally Charged With Buying Firearm Used In St. Paul Bar Shootings
What led up to the incident is under investigation.