DODGE CENTER, Minn. (WCCO) — A 65-year-old southern Minnesota man was hospitalized for evaluation Monday night after an hourslong standoff with authorities.
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the standoff started around 11:20 a.m. on the 500 block of Third Avenue Northwest in Dodge Center.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Nov. 30: Defense Says Former Cop Will Testify, 4 Jurors Seated
A woman told responding authorities she and other family members were trying to get the 65-year-old to go to the hospital “as he seemed off and has a history of mental illness,” the sheriff’s office said.
The man’s roommate told a deputy the 65-year-old choked and hit him, but he managed to contain the man in a bedroom.
While he was in the bedroom, he opened a gun safe, the roommate said. The 65-year-old threatened to shoot the woman in the house if she did not leave, according to the sheriff’s office.
The roommate and woman fled the house.READ MORE: Man Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Cottage Grove Bank, Fleeing On Foot
Several agencies were called to assist. The neighborhood was evacuated and nearby schools were put on lockdown.
The 65-year-old left the house about an hour after the standoff started, threatened authorities and walked back inside, the sheriff’s office said.
After hours of unsuccessful communication attempts, authorities breached the home just after 4:30 p.m. The 65-year-old left the home and turned himself in just before 5 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.
Charges are pending against the man.MORE NEWS: St. Cloud Woman Charged With Murdering Baby, Throwing Body In Dumpster
WCCO typically does not identify those who are arrested until they are formally charged with a crime.