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Police search for possibly armed suspect near St. John's U, ask public to stay indoors

The suspect was apparently pulled over for a DWI and then punched a state trooper.

Police are searching for a possibly armed suspect near St. John's University, prompting the school to go into lockdown.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Stearns County Sheriff's Office are "actively looking" for a possibly armed suspect who fled on foot in the area of St. John's University in St. Joseph, a news release says.  

They're asking people who live in the area to stay inside and lock their doors and windows. The State Patrol says if you see the suspect, described as a Black man in his early 30s with scruffy facial hair, don't approach him and call 911.

The suspect apparently fled after a state trooper stopped him for suspicion of DWI. After a preliminary breath test, the suspect punched the trooper and fled. 

A pursuit began on Interstate 94, with the suspect's vehicle driving on four tires damaged by spike strips. 

During the pursuit, an officer saw the suspect "reach his arm out of the vehicle," noting he had "something black in his hand, possibly a firearm," the release says. 

At some point, the suspect apparently got out of the car and fled on foot near St. John's University. 

The State Patrol and sheriff's office are searching with the help of K9 units, an unmanned aerial vehicle and State Patrol aviation resources. 

The suspect is described as a Black man in his early 30s with short black hair, a goatee, scruffy facial hair and a small earring in his right ear. He's wearing black pants, a green flannel shirt and a black leather jacket. 

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