A man allegedly in a mental health crisis and in possession of a loaded weapon surrendered without incident in Fillmore County to law enforcement officers from various departments after an encounter that lasted about 35 minutes Friday, March 17.
At approximately 7:46 p.m., the Fillmore County emergency communications dispatch was notified by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office of a person in a mental health crisis that may be in Fillmore County. This person was also reported to be in possession of loaded weapons and had threatened to harm himself, according to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., the victim in crisis was found in the area of 110th Avenue and 131st Street in Beaver Township. This area is about one mile west of U.S. Highway 63 about one mile north of the Iowa border.
The victim was alone in his stopped vehicle, said Kaase, when a perimeter and containment were set up by Fillmore County Sheriff’s deputies, along with help from members of the Minnesota State Patrol, Mower County Sheriff’s deputies, and Olmsted County deputies. Contact was made with the victim in an attempt to deescalate the crisis, reported Kaase.
At approximately 9:20 p.m., the victim attempted to leave the area and his vehicle was disabled when the tires were deflated through the use of “stop sticks,” or tire deflators, said Kaase. The victim then surrendered himself to officers on scene without incident, said the sheriff.
The victim was then transported to Rochester for a medical/mental health evaluation. In a search of the victim’s vehicle, a loaded handgun was found and taken into evidence.
“I would like to thank and recognize all the officers involved in this situation for their efforts and professionalism that resulted in a peaceful resolution,” said Kaase.