Updated: February 26, 2021 10:12 PM
Created: February 26, 2021 07:14 AM
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a person who held Duluth Police in a standoff for more than 19 hours is dead after an officer-involved shooting.
The standoff in the 2300 block of West 4th Street began about 8:30 Thursday evening and ended about 4:00 Friday afternoon.
"There is no ongoing threat to the community. The BCA will provide additional information following a preliminary investigation," the BCA said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday evening.
Police say the male suspect had felony warrants and had refused to surrender when they initially arrived to investigate a reported domestic disturbance. They say when K-9 Luna was sent in to apprehend the suspect, he fired shots that hit the dog. Officers returned fire, retreated from the residence, and set up a perimeter to contain the scene.
"The plan is to always do our best to make sure situation ends peacefully and nobody is hurt and lives are safe," said Ingrid Hornibrook, the public information officer for the Duluth Police Department.
Luna later died at the emergency veterinary clinic. No other officers were injured.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said earlier Friday afternoon that the police department and the city are committed to using every possible method to safely remove a suspect from his home.
"It's really difficult when things like this happen in our community," Larson said at a news conference Friday.
"She did her job, which is to go into a dangerous situation and try to prevent the fatalities of humans, and in that she lost her life," Larson said.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has announced they will release more information on the incident after a preliminary investigation is held.
Earlier: Duluth Police spokesperson says officers are trying to get the suspect to voluntarily surrender.
West 4th Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues West in the Lincoln Park neighborhood closed Thursday night and two blocks of 24th Avenue West were closed at midday Friday. 24th Avenue West reopened around 4:30 Friday afternoon.
Residents on the street told WDIO they were informed of the situation Thursday night, and some evacuated or were told to stay in their basement. The police department's first public statements reporting the incident were released about ten hours after the incident began.
PUBLIC SAFETY RISK: the public is being asked to avoid the area of the 2300 block of W 4th St due to an armed and dangerous suspect.— Duluth MN Police (@DuluthMNPolice) February 26, 2021
Read the full press release here: https://t.co/fbjwwukGeR
"When so much is going on you want to make sure you're getting accurate information out and not... over-alarming people and wanting to make sure you're controlling all of the variables that you can. But I can assure you there was quite a bit of communication overnight about it," Mayor Larson said.
A city spokesperson said the police department would later address reporters' questions about the timing of the announcement.
Police spokesperson Ingrid Hornibrook told a WDIO reporter on the scene Friday morning that they were hoping to get him out alive. Authorities had been firing gas grenades at the residence.
We continue to be on scene on the 2300 blk of W 4th st in Duluth, MN. We’d like to remind the public to avoid the area as we continue to work towards a resolution. pic.twitter.com/C9Wkl6k66I— Duluth MN Police (@DuluthMNPolice) February 26, 2021
There are holes visible on the exterior of the residence. Hornibrook said Friday morning that they do not know if they are bullet holes, but they believe they were caused by the suspect.
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