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Tech glitch during search for suspect leads to county-wide shelter-in-place order

The suspect in Anoka County hasn't been located, but the sheriff's office doesn't believe there's danger to the public.

Everyone in Anoka County was mistakenly asked to shelter-in-place Tuesday afternoon after a potentially armed burglary suspect fled police in Andover.

Law enforcement had requested to send out a shelter-in-place alert to just an area of Andover where the fleeing suspect was last seen, but a "technology-related issue" led to everyone in Anoka County receiving the alert, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office says

This caused some confusion and worry among Anoka County residents after the alert wasn't clear where the incident was happening. 

"The vendor is working to identify and resolve the issue for future notifications," the sheriff's office said in the release says. 

This all stemmed from a deputy who attempted to pull over a vehicle near the 14200 block of Hanson Boulevard in Andover at about 2:16 p.m. Tuesday. 

The driver of the vehicle was wanted in connection to a first-degree burglary in Hennepin County. 

The driver fled from law enforcement and then fled on foot near Andover Boulevard and Killdeer Street. It was believed the suspect was armed, so law enforcement requested the shelter-in-place alert. 

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Law enforcement used a unmanned aircraft system and Minnesota State Patrol helicopter to search the area from the air, and a K-9 was used on the ground. 

However, the suspect wasn't located but the sheriff's office says "we do not believe there is danger to the general public."

The incident remains under investigation. No other details were provided. 

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