By WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Brooklyn Park police say a standoff where an armed man broke into a home and held a child hostage has been resolved Thursday evening. The child is safe. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers were first called to the 7500 block of 83rd Avenue North at about 3:15 p.m. after someone reported a suspicious man walking through yards in the neighborhood. Two others callers then reported that a man broke into their home.

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Police arrived at the scene and were notified by another person that the man had just broken into their home. Several children escaped while the suspect was inside, but a 7-year-old child remained, hiding in a closet. A SWAT team and hostage negotiators were called in and began communicating with the man, who said he was armed with two guns, and that he wouldn’t release the child.

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After a while, negotiators were able to convince the man to let the child go, and they were returned to their family unharmed.

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At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Brooklyn Park police say the standoff was resolved.

“Unfortunately, the suspect involved in this incident died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” police said.

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The incident remains under investigation.