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Update: Red Wing man in custody after trying to burn down house

Armed with assault rifles and a ballistic shield, the Goodhue County Emergency Response Team enters a house on 11th St. shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. Red Wing police said the resident, identified as Cory Koplin, barricaded himself inside after threatening to start a house on fire with a butane torch. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

An early morning standoff ended Thursday after a SWAT team removed a barricaded individual who threatened to burn down his Red Wing neighborhood home, authorities said.

Officers were called to a residence at 465 11th St. at approximately 4:38 a.m. after receiving a report from a neighbor that there was a small fire on the home’s front porch, according to a news release from Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman.

Police said they made contact with the occupant, identified as Cory Koplin, who was reportedly carrying a butane torch and threatening to set the house on fire. They said Koplin then retreated inside and stopped communicating with officers.

Red Wing Fire Department also responded to the scene and extinguished the porch fire.

Police said a perimeter was set up around the house before requesting assistance from the Goodhue County Emergency Response Team, a multi-jurisdictional unit that provides support for high-risk situations in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties.

The Emergency Response Team entered the house shortly after 9 a.m. and emerged with Koplin a few minutes later. Police said they apprehended Koplin safely and without further incident.

Koplin was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing following the standoff, Pohlman confirmed Thursday.

No charges had been filed against Koplin as of Friday afternoon.

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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