SWAT Called To Standoff In Clarks Grove, Charges Pending

Posted at: 04/22/2013 8:41 PM
Updated at: 04/23/2013 10:26 AM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Albert Lea man is in custody after fleeing from police and engaging in a standoff during which he threatened to use a weapon against police officers in Clarks Grove.

The situation began when a Freeborn County Sheriff’s deputy recognized the 36-year-old suspect as having multiple warrants for felony domestic assaults.

When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the man fled. Deputies followed the vehicle to a nearby home on the where the suspect ran from the vehicle and barricaded himself in a small shed behind the home.

While inside the shed, the suspect claimed to have a weapon and threatened to use it against police.

The South Central SWAT team was called in but the suspect surrendered to authorities before the tactical team was used. Police did not find a weapon at the scene.

A female passenger was initially taken into custody but was then released. Officials did not anticipate any charges against her and said she was cooperating with the investigation.

The entire incident lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes, during which roads in the small town were blocked off and neighbors said they were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

ABC 6 News is awaiting word from the Freeborn County Attorney's Office about possible charges.

The suspect remains in custody.