A man involved in an Albertville standoff has been found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound, the Wright County Sheriff’s office is reporting.
The sheriff’s office said that on Sunday, Aug. 17, at approximately 1:30 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a call requesting that officers check the welfare of a male party that was in route to a residence on the 10000 block of 64th St. NE in the Albertville. Upon arrival deputies did find the person’s vehicle parked at this residence.
“It should be noted that this party did not currently reside at the residence, but was known to the homeowner,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Deputies were unable to make contact with this male party, but did speak with the homeowner who advised that they were out of town for the weekend.
Numerous attempts were made to contact the male party inside the residence. At approximately 5:20 p.m. members of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team located the male in the basement of the residence. The male was found to be deceased from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.
Members of the Hennepin County Emergency Response Team assisted on the search of the residence.
In an interview with Crow River News, Sheriff Joe Hagerty said the man, an adult male, had apparently come to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Albertville and was distraught and suicidal. The man is originally from Maple Grove.
“We think (the man and his girlfriend) possibly lived together for a short time and had a parting this summer,” Hagerty said.
He said responders “weren’t sure what his main issue was.”
He said deputies saw the man’s car in the driveway, and that a garage door was partially smashed in, possibly from ramming it with a car.
“We assume that’s how he made entry,” Hagerty said. “We believe he was armed with a firearm, a shotgun. We tried to make contract with him but he wouldn’t answer his cell phone.”
Hagerty said the emergency response team used technological tools to make safe entry into the home, including a robotic camera from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
“We went in late Sunday afternoon and found the male deceased,” he said.
The name of the deceased is not being released at this time to allow for family members to be notified.