Man barricades himself in South Minneapolis [UPDATE]


Minneapolis police tried all morning to persuade a man barricaded in his home on 43rd Avenue South to come out peacefully. They thought he was suicidal, and may have been holding a woman hostage.


At about 2:30 p.m., he surrendered to SWAT officers.

Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer says MPD's SWAT Unit and Negotiations Team surrounded the home in the 43rd Avenue South after the man called 911, threatening to kill himself. At the same time, he said he would harm officers if they tried to intervene.

Officers established a perimeter around the home, bounded by 43rd Street on the north, 45th Street on the south, 41nd Avenue on the west and 44th Avenue on the east, and asked the public to stay out of the area so emergency vehicles could come and go as necessary.

Negotiations went on for several hours before both the man and the woman energed, unharmed.

Palmer said the man was taken for medical evaluation. There are no indications that the woman was a hostage.