Human remains were found at the same Albert Lea apartment building where a gunman shot three people, including a police officer, on Sunday morning, though the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the death investigation is unrelated to the shooting.
A tactical team found the dead body in the Shady Oaks apartment complex while evacuating the building. The remains have been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office where they will be identified and a cause of death will be determined.
The discovery of the human remains is not related to the incident that saw a 21-year-old Albert Lea man open fire on an Albert Lea police officer who responded to the building on a report of a noise violation or possible weapons violation.
The 30-year-old officer arrived at the scene at 2:18 a.m., at which point Albert Lea PD says the suspect "ambushed" and opened fire, striking the officer in the chest. The officer was wearing a vest and able to drive to a local emergency room. The officer was treated and released.
Two other Albert Lea men, ages 38 and 52, were shot. Both were airlifted to Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Campus in Rochester for injuries that are believed to be not life-threatening.
A standoff between multiple SWAT teams, the State Patrol and local law enforcement ensued for approximately 10 hours before the 21-year-old suspect was taken into custody.
The BCA says that at one point during the active shooter incident a State Patrol trooper shot at the suspect, with the 21-year-old sustaining shrapnel injuries. It's unclear if he was shot, but he then surrendered and was taken to Mayo Clinic-St. Marys Campus to have non-critical injuries treated.
The BCA is handling the investigation. No formal charges have been filed against the 21-year-old suspect and the identities of those involved in the incident have not been released.