Maplewood standoff ends, driver who crashed into house in custody

May 22, 2019 12:30 PM

The suspect involved in a standoff with police was taken into custody Wednesday morning, about four hours after he crashed into a Maplewood residence.

St. Paul police stated 48-year-old Kelly Gordon Sauer was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m.


At about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the scene on Sylvan Street near Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue, where Sauer had crashed into the backyard and deck of a home and refused to exit his vehicle. Police said he had a gun.

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The woman who lives in that home, who said she did not want to be identified, said she was watching TV when she heard a loud sound. That sound was Sauer's vehicle crashing through her backyard and into her deck.

Police told the woman and her husband to go to a lower level of the house as the SWAT team worked to negotiate with Sauer.

"I didn't want to be by the window too much because they said he had a pistol," the woman said. "And of course if they are shooting this way, we would have been in the line of fire."

Police said the incident began earlier Tuesday evening, when officers had spotted a stolen vehicle. When they attempted to stop the driver, identified as Sauer, he led police on a high-speed chase through Maplewood and parts of St. Paul before he crashed into the Maplewood residence.

SWAT members and negotiators evacuated nearby homes while working to coax Sauer out of the vehicle.

"Officers did try to clear the area, look for neighbors or anyone in the area, and try to get them away and into a safe spot," St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said.

A police source told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Sauer was involved in a similar incident a couple months ago. The source said Sauer told negotiators he did not want to go back to jail.

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