11-Hour Standoff in Maple Grove Ends Peacefully

Updated: 01/19/2013 5:35 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

A standoff in Maple Grove that lasted for about 11 hours ended peacefully when a 54-year-old man gave up his gun early Saturday morning.

Maple Grove police say the man was taken into custody around 1:18 a.m. and was taken to North Memorial Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Around 2:15 p.m. Friday, officers went to do a welfare check on the man who hadn't been at work and made suicide threats earlier in the week, according to Maple Grove police. Officers went into the home on the 7600 block of Wedgewood Court and found the man armed with a shotgun.

The responding officers retreated from the home and a tactical team was called in.

Surrounding neighbors at the eight-unit complex were evacuated during the incident.

Around 6 p.m., officers used robots to locate the man and determine if the home was safe to enter. After locating him and trying to establish communication with him multiple times, officers entered the home around 12:55 a.m. and found the man barricaded in a back bedroom.

Police say he gave up his gun and was taken into custody after 25 minutes of face-to-face negotiations.

Criminal charges will be determined after the medical evaluation is completed, police say.

Maple Grove police were assisted by Minneapolis police, Plymouth police, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Maple Grove Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance and Hennepin County Crime Lab.