Highway back open after heavy law enforcement presence shuts down I-694 in Little Canada

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An incident Wednesday evening near the border of Little Canada and Vadnais Heights led law enforcement to block part of Interstate 694 where it meets Interstate 35E.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed Minnesota State Patrol troopers blocking off traffic in both directions between the I-694/I-35E interchange and Highway 61. The highway has since been reopened.

The State Patrol said troopers received reports of a person walking on the freeway just after 5 p.m. A trooper arrived there a short time later and the person allegedly displayed a gun before running away from the trooper.

A negotiator was called from Ramsey County and helped get the person to surrender the gun. The individual was then taken into custody and brought to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The investigation remains active.