Armed suspect on run from Northfield is found, arrested in Inver Grove Heights


Update, 5:40 p.m: Police have apprehended the man whose alleged threats prompted schools to be locked down and residents warned to stay indoors in Northfield Tuesday afternoon.

The 46-year-old man was taken into custody about 5 p.m. in Inver Grove Heights, Northfield police said in a press release.

Lockdowns at Northfield schools have been lifted, and residents of Northfield have been told they can resume their daily activities having initially been advised to stay indoors.

"The Northfield Police Department would like to thank our area Law Enforcement partners, Northfield Schools, and the community at large for their assistance and response in this matter," the release said.

4:45 p.m: Police in Northfield are hunting a man who is believed to be armed and has made threats to harm law enforcement.

SWAT teams surrounded a home in Harbor Dr. and Ford St. E on Tuesday afternoon after reports a man had barricaded himself in with firearms and was "threatening harm."

But in a press release police say they believe the man may have left the area, and have confirmed they are looking for 46-year-old male driving a blue, 2002 Pontiac van.

KARE 11 reports that the man is believed to have made threats about harming law enforcement.

Nearby residents have been told to lock their doors and stay inside, and people with children heading to the area have been told to go and pick them up and bring them home.

School buses due to pass through the area have been re-routed by police.

Schools in the area have been locked down while the incident unfolds, though parents can pick students up from individual buildings that are being monitored by school staff.

A statement from the Northfield Public Schools read:

"The Northfield Schools have been advised to enter a precautionary lockdown at this time due to the emergency situation in Southeast Northfield. The impacted buildings are Bridgewater Elementary, Sibley Elementary, Northfield Middle School, and Northfield High School. Greenvale Park is not impacted by this situation.

While Northfield Police do not anticipate the emergency situation impacting our school buildings, we are doing this as a precautionary measure. Students involved in outdoor activities have been brought inside the buildings at this time. Parents can still pick their students up at their individual buildings where school staff will be monitoring the doors."

Residents have been told to stay tuned to KYMN Radio, the Northfield News Website or the Northfield City Website for more details and updates.

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