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Edina police standoff ends safely with one in custody

March 23, 2019 06:12 PM

A St. Paul man is now in custody after a four-hour standoff with Edina police Saturday.

According to the city of Edina, officers responded to a welfare check of two people sleeping in a pick-up truck at Bredesen Park at 9:36 a.m. After police approached the people in the vehicle, the passenger got out of the pick-up and the driver became agitated, reversed his vehicle, and rammed his truck into a police car and fled the scene. 

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The release states a pursuit ensued, with the driver traveling from Olinger to Vernon Avenue at speeds over 75 miles per hour. Attempting to exit Vernon onto southbound Minnesota 100, the driver lost control, hitting a fence. He attempted to back up and then hit another police car. Other law enforcement vehicles pinned the truck, but the driver refused to exit the vehicle. He threatened officers, saying he had a weapon.

Negotiations with the suspect began immediately and the Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams were called in to assist. Highway 100 was closed in both directions between Excelsior Boulevard and Minnesota Highway 62, due to the police activity. Vernon Avenue across Highway 100, Eden Avenue, Grange Road and Arcadia Avenue were also closed. 

The release states negotiations continued until about 2:09 p.m. when the driver voluntarily exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

The driver has been identified as 48-year-old Kelly Gordon Sauer of St. Paul, who was initially charged with assault for ramming the squad cars, fleeing police and possession of a stolen auto. He was transported to Hennepin County Jail. 

The Chevy pick-up truck was found to have been stolen in January from a lawn maintenance company in Rosemount. 

"All of the officers involved handled this situation very well-- exactly as they were trained to do," said Sgt. Ryan Schultz. "The Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams did a great job resolving this incident without anyone getting hurt."

No one was injured in the incident, according to police. All of the roads were reopened before 4 p.m., after the scene was processed.

The vehicle is currently being held for a search warrant that is expected to be executed on Monday. At that time, officers will be able to determine if Sauer had a weapon in the truck. 

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