Updated: Standoff in Maple Grove Friday Night Ends With Surrender

Multiple law enforcement departments assisted during the incident, which lasted about 12 hours, ending early Saturday morning.

Updated 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

A long night for several area law enforcement agencies ended with the surrender of a 54-year-old Maple Grove man. 

The Maple Grove Police Department responded to a call about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to the 7600 block of Wedgewood Court for a welfare check of a man after relatives had expressed concerns about, according to Maple Grove Police Captain Tracy Stille.

Officers found the man in the home with a shotgun "to his head in a threatening manner," Stille said. Officers then retreated, and a tactical team was called in after the man refused surrender the gun.

Approximately eight neighboring townhomes were evacuated, and area streets were blocked by law enforcement.

Throughout the afternoon and into Friday evening, law enforcement tried to communicate with the man, but he refused to respond, according to Stille.

Robots were sent into the home to determine the status of the situation, but it was difficult to maneuver through clutter and barricades the man had set up in the townhome, according to Stille.

Shortly after midnight, the tactical team went into the home and talked the man into surrendering the weapon and himself.

At 2:35 a.m. Saturday, the scene was cleared and neighbors were allowed to return to their homes, Stille said.

A fully loaded shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition were recovered, he added.

The man was then transferred to North Memorial Medical Center, Stille said.  Police continue to investigate the incident.

In addition to Maple Grove Police, Plymouth and Minneapolis Police, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Maple Grove Fire Department responded to the standoff.

Other local media coverage:

Original article Jan. 18, 2013

A Maple Grove man reportedly barricaded himself inside his Wedgewood Court home Friday, and held authorities at bay for much of the evening Friday.

The incident, which started at around 2 p.m., dragged on into Friday night as police and negotiators tried to talk with the suspect. 

Capt. Tracy Stille of the Maple Grove Police told Twin Cities media outlets police were on the scene in the 7600 block to do a welfare check, but spotted a man with a shotgun. 

Witnesses are told  Patch collaborator Police Clips SWAT teams and Hennepin County Sheriff's Department officers are also on the scene Friday night.

According to StarTribune.com, police remained on the scene as of 10 p.m.

Twin Cities Incident reported the suspect was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m.

As of 6 a.m., no law enforcement personnel remained at the scene.

Additional details will be provided if they become available.

Other local media coverage: 

Police in Standoff with Armed Man in Maple Grove (Star Tribune)

Nancy Norberg January 19, 2013 at 05:41 PM
did anyone get hurt ? this was 2 blocks from me . was wondering all night what this was all about\
Wendy Erlien January 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM
No one was hurt. The article has been updated.
Jon McCullough January 20, 2013 at 07:42 PM
A HUGE thank you to our Maple Grove Police for doing such an excellent job. You are appreciated!


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