Scene cleared in Andover, no current threat to public
Tuesday afternoon, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office canceled a shelter-in-place order in Andover and said there was no longer a threat to the public after police pursued a man who may have had a weapon.
The update was released at about 3:40 p.m.
Earlier that afternoon, according to a release from the sheriff’s office, a deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle along the 14200 block of Hanson Boulevard.
The vehicle’s driver was reportedly wanted in connection with a first-degree burglary in Hennepin County.
After pulling over, the driver left the scene on foot and the sheriff’s office reported it was believed he may have been armed with a weapon.
A perimeter was set up and a public safety notice that was supposed to be sent to people solely within the area of the incident also went out to everyone in Anoka County due to a "technology related issue," the sheriff’s office stated.
Law enforcement asked the public to stay inside and a nearby school was also locked down, according to authorities.
Press release to follow. pic.twitter.com/tBvsDyhv77— Anoka County Sheriff’s Office (@AnokaCoSheriff) March 23, 2021
You may have received an alert on your cell phone regarding a shelter in place notice & weapons in the area. This incident is happening in Andover NOT Coon Rapids & is being investigated by Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. We do not feel there is any danger to Coon Rapids residents— Coon Rapids Police (@CoonRapidsPD) March 23, 2021
If you see anything suspicious, please call 911. pic.twitter.com/1Unezs5VaZ— Anoka County Sheriff’s Office (@AnokaCoSheriff) March 23, 2021
This was our first time sending a WEA and unfortunately we experienced some issues using this new tool.— Anoka County (@AnokaCounty) March 24, 2021
People in the immediate area did receive the alert but the notification went to a much larger area than we intended, and inconsistently to phones. (cont.) 2/3
Anoka County is digging into why and we have already reached out to other metro agencies who have been using this specific tool for years to provide more guidance and training.— Anoka County (@AnokaCounty) March 24, 2021
We sincerely apologize for the confusion this created in our communities. 3/3