by Jim Boyle
Elk River police have arrested a 34-year-old Elk River man in connection with a shooting at an Elk River residence last night.
Police were called to the 600 block of Fourth Street at 10:10 p.m. Sept. 27, on a report of a possible shooting. A dispatcher said a male outside the residence was yelling for help.
When officers arrived they found the man in the driveway with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. Kluntz said when the suspect learned police were looking for him, he turned himself in at 7:25 a.m. at the scene of the shooting.
He is being questioned and charges are pending.
There was quite a bit of commotion at the home prior to the suspect turning himself in, including a standoff between police and occupants of the home.
Here’s how it played out:
Police first tried to talk with the victim, but he was not able to provide much information. He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Surgery was performed and it is believed he will survive, Kluntz said.
Police stated officers surrounded the residence and several occupants came outside. They were detained and interviewed at the Elk River police station.
Officers saw at least one person still in the home and called in the Elk River SWAT team, Sherburne County’s Emergency Response Unit and Elk River Police Department crisis negotiators.
Negotiators made contact with a male inside the home. He eventually came out and was detained without incident.
During questioning he provided information on the possible identity of the alleged shooter. The male remains in custody on an unrelated Hennepin County warrant.
Officers observed additional activity in the home. Attempts were made by loudspeaker to have any other occupants inside the residence to come out, according to Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.
After receiving no response, SWAT members from Elk River and Sherburne County entered the residence and conducted a search for other victims or suspects.
Another adult male was located inside the residence and was taken in for questioning. The house has since been secured pending a search warrant for further investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Elk River Police Department at 763-635-1200.