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Lake City standoff ends with apparent suicide

A four-hour standoff ended Wednesday night after police discovered a man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Lake City home, authorities said.

Lake City police responded to a residence at 517 S. 6th St. around 5:19 p.m. after receiving a report that the man, identified as Benjamin Anderson, had sent threatening text messages and was possibly armed, according to a press release.

After several unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Anderson, an Emergency Response Team entered the residence and discovered his body, according to police. 

A perimeter was set up around the home and some nearby residents were temporarily evacuated. 

Lincoln High School, located about a block from the scene of the standoff, was put on lockdown as a precaution, Principal Greg Berge said. He received a call from the school resource officer at approximately 5:20 p.m. informing him of the situation. 

Although classes had already let out for the evening, the school was hosting a number of extracurricular activities at the time, including tennis and volleyball, Berge said. Those students were allowed to leave the school with a parent through a single door on the side of the building furthest from the standoff, he said.

"It was pretty calm," Berge said.

Assisting Lake City police were Wabasha County, Goodhue County, Minnesota State Patrol, Goodhue County Emergency Response Team and Lake City Ambulance. 

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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