An hours-long standoff that followed after two McLeod County sheriff’s deputies were shot while serving an arrest warrant Monday in Winsted has ended.
In an update around 6:30 p.m., McLeod County deputies said the standoff had ended and the suspect was dead. The circumstances of how the suspect died aren’t yet known.
There was a heavy police presence Monday afternoon due to the investigation, with the City of Winsted asking residents to “avoid all vehicle and foot traffic” in the area of Linden Avenue East and Pheasant Run “until further notice.”
Authorities said the two deputies made contact with the subject of the arrest warrant and made entry into the home, at which point rounds were fired, McLeod County Sheriff Tim Langenfeld told reporters Monday. The two deputies were taken to the hospital. Their current conditions are not known, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
After the deputies were shot, a standoff with the subject ensued. Authorities continued to try to make contact with him via phone but were so far unsuccessful through the afternoon. Langenfeld said authorities believed he was the only person in the home, so things were moving slowly and carefully.
The large police presence prompted a nearby daycare to be evacuated using an armored vehicle, Langenfeld said.
It’s not clear what the arrest warrant was for, but Langenfeld said he was told it was for “bountiful warrants,” including those related to child pornography but he isn’t positive. Authorities also believe multiple firearms are involved.
In the 5′o’clock hour, aerial video showed a robot and drone being used on the property. The robot apparently gained entry to the front door of the residence. Around 5:45 p.m., SWAT team members approached the home behind a shield and were able to get inside.