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January 17, 2013

Updated: One confirmed dead in standoff shooting in North Mankato

NORTH MANKATO —  A three-hour stand-off at a residence on the North Mankato hilltop ended with multiple gunshots, a dead body and few immediate answers from police.

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The incident at 1610 Lor Ray Drive began at 11 a.m. with North Mankato police advising motorists that streets might be shut down in the area for what was called a “welfare check.” Within minutes, police from Mankato and North Mankato and a regional tactical response team had the home surrounded.

For most of the next three hours, the only sounds were the repetitious calls over a loudspeaker: “We need to make contact with you. Please come to a door or window.”

A few minutes later: “You’re not in any trouble. We need to make sure you are safe.”

Later still: “We’re here to help you. Please make contact with us.”

After 1 p.m: “Please come to a door or a window. We need to make sure you’re OK. Your family is concerned about you.”

At 1:37 p.m.: “If you want us to go away, you’re going to have to talk to us. We’re not going anywhere.”

Assault rifles were trained on the house throughout the stand-off.

Just after 2 p.m., officers entered the home. Several minutes elapsed before multiple gunshots filled the air in rapid succession. An ambulance waiting a block away was called in, exiting the property about five minutes later with a body.

At a late afternoon press briefing, North Mankato Police Chief Chris Boyer offered little information as to what happened, other than to confirm there was a death.

Boyer said police were called at 9:54 a.m. Thursday for a “high-risk welfare check” at 1610 Lor Ray Drive. Boyer said it was a high risk check because there were guns present.

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