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Windom Police involved in 3-hour standoff outside local residence following report of weapons inside

Windom Police responded to a report of a domestic assault at 7:59 p.m. on Sept 8.

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WINDOM — The Windom Police Department responded to a report of domestic assault on Sept. 8, at a local residence with a reportedly armed individual.

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Upon arriving at the scene, officers were informed that a 46-year-old male, identified as Andrew Niskanen, of Windom, was inside the residence with access to multiple firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim, who was outside the residence when officers arrived, also stated that Niskanen had put his hands around her neck and made it difficult to breathe. Officers observed redness around the victim’s neck.

Niskanen also loaded and unloaded a long barrel gun in front of the victim, and had a firearm in his hand during the altercation, according to the report.

Multiple other law enforcement officers responded to the area and attempted to make contact with Niskanen. The High-Risk Entry and Arrest Team was activated to assist at the scene, according to a press release by the Windom Police Department. Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office, Westbrook Police Department, and Minnesota State Patrol also assisted.

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At approximately 11:23 p.m., Niskanen exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Law enforcement was given permission to search the house for weapons, during which time, three guns were located.

Niskanen is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on September 20.

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