Man kills himself after standoff with police near St. Cloud

The Benton County Sheriff's Office was working at the scene.
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An hours-long police standoff with a man threatening himself and others ended on Sunday when he killed himself.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office issued an update to the incident in Minden Township, about 12 miles east of St. Cloud, on Sunday evening.

They had been at the scene since just after noon, when a friend of the man called to report he had threatened to harm himself or others.

Police evacuated the area when they got there, with people in adjacent houses advised to leave and traffic on Hwy. 95 detoured.

Negotiators were brought to the scene to speak to the man, but after exhausting all efforts to speak to him, a team of officers went in.

They found the man dead inside the home, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The area has since been reopened and the man's body sent  to the Midwest Medical Examiner, who will identify him at a late stage.

Original story

Details are limited but the Benton County Sheriff's Office has evacuated a small area and shut down part of Hwy. 95 due to an incident involving a man with a firearm. 

The road closure includes the intersection of Hwy. 95 and County Road 25, which east of St. Cloud by about 12 miles. 

According to the sheriff's release, a man armed with a firearm made threats to himself and others, and "due to the nature of this incident, traffic on Hwy 95 has been detoured and residences in the immediate vicinity have been evacuated." 

Authorities don't believe there is a threat outside of the contained area, and "those who would be in harm's way have been evacuated or detoured away from the area of concern."

The public should avoid the area until otherwise notified. 

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