UPDATE: Standoff in Andover resolved, suspect dead
A standoff that happened Wednesday morning in Andover has ended, the Anoka County Sheriff has confirmed.
According to the sheriff's office, law enforcement at the scene on the 300 block of Andover Boulevard Northwest heard a gunshot from inside a horse trailer where the suspect was hiding. A person was found deceased inside.
The sheriff's office said a passerby reported smoke coming from a home at about 6:20 a.m. Deputies and firefighters responded and found the home fully engulfed in flames.
Photos from a source near the scene Wednesday morning show the house engulfed in flames.
Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is on scene of a stand-off situation in the 300 block of Andover Blvd. NW in the City of Andover. Public is advised to stay away for safety. Road is closed between University and Prairie Rd. Press release to follow at a later time.— Anoka County Sheriff's Office (@AnokaCoSheriff) June 24, 2020
As crews attempted to extinguish the flames, deputies encountered a person in the back of the property in a trailer. Authorities said the man was armed and was making threats. At that time, for the safety of the firefighters at the scene, the fire department was pulled back, the sheriff's office said.
As deputies tried to communicate with the man, the house burned down to the foundation.
Then, just before 10 a.m., a gunshot was heard from inside the trailer, the sheriff's office said. A SWAT team later approached and found the man dead.
"This is certainly not the outcome we wanted, it is a very tragic situation," Lt. Andy Knotz said.
Investigations into the man's death and the cause of the fire are underway.
The man's identity has not yet been released. Authorities said they don't believe there is any threat to the public.
No other information was immediately available.