Lakefield standoff ends without incident
LAKEFIELD -- One individual was taken into custody without incident early Friday morning after an approximately five-hour standoff with law enforcement.
LAKEFIELD - One individual was taken into custody without incident early Friday morning after an approximately five-hour standoff with law enforcement.
According to a press release issued by the Lakefield Police Department, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a residence in the 500 block of Bush Street for a possible suicide threat involving a gun and alcohol use.
Police learned the individual had been drinking and was in a spiraling depressive phase since the previous day over personal family matters, the release states. During a phone conversation, the suspect fired off a handgun round shortly before the call ended.
Upon identifying and securing the perimeter after 10 p.m. Thursday, police attempted to make phone contact with the subject - who was the only occupant in the house - but were unsuccessful.
The High-risk Entry and Arrest Team (H.E.A.T.), a regional tactical team made up of officers from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa law enforcement agencies, was brought in to help mitigate the situation, the release details.
It was not until approximately 3 a.m. that the suspect complied with commands to surrender and was taken into custody without incident.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered a single bullet hole in the interior wall of the home. The bullet, it was determined, remained confined within the home.
The suspect - whose identity is not being released prior to a formal complaint - was arrested for threats of violence based on a text message sent to a family member the day before and discharge of a firearm within the city limits.
The suspect was jailed pending a formal complaint and initial court appearance.
The Lakefield Police Department was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakefield Ambulance, Heron Lake Police Department, Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office and the H.E.A.T. team.