MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Normandale Community College has concluded its campus lockdown early Wednesday afternoon due to an emergency in the area.
During the lockdown, Normandale Director of Media and Public Relations Steve Geller said the students were being advised to stay where they are and remain off campus until told otherwise.READ MORE: 3 People Shot In Separate Minneapolis Shootings Thursday Night
Police say at about 10:40 a.m., officers with the Edina Police Department attempted to stop a driver for speeding and illegal tint of windows at West 77th St. and Metro Boulevard. The driver fled, and a chase started.
The chase stopped near Normandale Hills Elementary School, when the driver pulled over and fled on foot into an area that was also near Normandale Community College. Police learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Woodbury.
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The lockdown was lifted at 12:30 p.m.
At about 12:58 p.m., an Edina police K-9 named “Blitz” discovered the suspect hiding in a gazebo on the 9500 block of Oxborough Road. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Darnell Hamilton, was taken into custody.
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