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(ST. MICHAEL, Minn.) — A 30-hour standoff between Wright County sheriff’s deputies and a suspect carrying a rifle ended when authorities stormed the home in St. Michael, Minn., on Wednesday evening.
The standoff began after the sheriff’s office received a complaint that a man and woman were verbally arguing and the man was carrying a gun.
The sheriff’s office said it received the gun complaint at 12:37 a.m. Tuesday regarding a domestic situation. The residence then remained under surveillance until emergency response teams arrived around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities were at the scene until Wednesday evening, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police have identified the suspect as Brandon Gardas, 39. He has active warrants for domestic assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the sheriff’s office.
The standoff ended around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after law enforcement entered the Gardas home. Officers fired at Gardas as they entered the residence, police said.
He was airlifted to an area hospital and his condition is unknown. No police were injured.
Gardas fired several bullets at security forces during the clash, authorities said.
Police said the area surrounding the house would remain secure for investigation purposes and asked the public to stay away from this area. Earlier Wednesday, police told people in the immediate vicinity of the house to evacuate due to the “volatile nature” of the incident and said they had rerouted several roads in the area for public safety.
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