PEQUOT LAKES-A 28-year-old rural Pequot Lakes man may face criminal charges following a standoff during which he barricaded himself inside his vehicle with a rifle Thursday, March 14, on the 5400 block of Crow Wing County Road 145 in Pequot Lakes.
Members of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Tactical Response Team and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the incident at 5:42 p.m. It was reported an officer from the Pequot Lakes Police Department was attempting to conduct a criminal investigation on behalf of the Baxter Police Department involving the man when he barricaded himself inside his vehicle.
A Pequot Lakes officer attempted to negotiate with the man before seeing a rifle in the
vehicle, the sheriff's office reported. The officer immediately backed away and a perimeter was set up. During the standoff, officers evacuated a neighboring home.
Crisis negotiators established phone contact with the suspect who remained inside of his vehicle during the standoff. The male eventually agreed to exit his vehicle and surrender. Members of the tactical response team took him into custody without further incident at 7:54 p.m. He was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for an evaluation.
Assisting at the scene during the standoff were the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Nisswa and Crosslake Police departments, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Pequot Lakes Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance.
The Baxter Police Department is working on filing possible criminal charges with the city prosecutor's office against the man.