MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Dakota County are on the scene of a standoff in Hastings.
According to the Hastings Police Department, officers responded around 11:30 a.m. to a disturbance at Three Rivers Mobile Home Park. There, officials say a dispute between a tow truck driver and a resident took place.
Police recognized the resident as someone who has a current harassment restraining order. When officers told the man he was under arrest officials say he went back inside and barricaded himself in.
Authorities say the suspect’s wife and a few kids were able to leave. However, two children, ages seven and thirteen are still inside. Police do not believe the man has weapons.
Officers are actively working to establish negotiations and to ensure that the situation ends peacefully. According to police, their number one concern is to get the children out.
As of 7 p.m., the kids are still in the house, as is the suspect. There has been ongoing sporadic communication between the suspect and police officers — but they say they haven’t made a lot of headway.
Due to the heat, there are many different agencies involved that are rotating out. Some officers on scene have even been treated for heat exhaustion with IV hydration.
Police say the man’s only demand is for police “to go away.”
BREAKING: The male suspect who has been barricaded in a mobile home in Hastings with his two children since around noon today has handed off his juvenile daughter to authorities. The juvenile son is still reportedly inside the home and it’s unclear if he’s in danger.
— TC Crime Watch (@TCCrimeWatch) July 3, 2020
At approximately 10:48 p.m., TC Crime Watch said that the man handed off his juvenile daughter to authorities, while his son is reportedly still inside.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
Source: CBS Minnesota