A standoff between authorities
ST. MICHAEL, Minn. — A standoff between authorities and a suspected shooter in St. Andrews.
Michael that began early Tuesday has now stretched into midday on Wednesday.
Area evacuated as standoff with suspected shooter in St. Michael stretches into 2nd day
According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 caller reported a man with a rifle arguing with a woman in the 500 block of Central Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office said the 39-year-old, from St Michael, has effective arrest warrants for his arrest and is a convicted felon.
Multiple sources told WCCO’s Adam Dexter that a youth baseball game about a quarter mile from the confrontation scene was halted due to shootings on Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s office said the suspect fired several shots at authorities during the confrontation.
Witnesses told WCCO they heard a bang they thought was more gunshots as police tried to speak to the person out loud.
Police blocked off several blocks in each direction while they negotiated with the shooter.
County Road 35 has been redirected to County Road 19.
Authorities from multiple agencies were parked in Gutzwiller Park, about a mile from the scene of the confrontation.
“Especially in a city like St. Michael, you think of it as something safe and then you go home and see the vehicles you only see on TV shows and movies that drive behind your house and into the parking lot,” said Thomas Kamann.
WCCO has confirmed that the suspect’s 39-year-old wife is being held in Wright County Jail for helping the offender avoid arrest.
Police said there was no immediate threat to the public.
The WCCO usually does not identify suspects until they are formally charged.