Updated: Man Killed in Shootout with Woodbury Police During Hostage Standoff at Red Roof Inn

The incident happened during the early-morning hours of Friday, Aug. 31.

Further updates:

Update: 11:15 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31

Details of the hostage standoff that left one man dead after being shot by police and another in custody were still unclear Friday morning.

Investigators are not sure what was going on in the room, and still don’t know who is a victim and who is a suspect. Some of the individuals involved—men and women—were assaulted.

“We know that there was a lot of criminal activity going on in that hotel room,” Public Safety Chief Lee Vague told reporters in front of the Red Roof Inn. “Serious criminal activity.”

There were about 12 people in the room at the Red Roof Inn at the time of the incident, said Drew Evans, senior special agent with the BCA.

“The events that transpired are complex,” he said.

Neither Vague nor Evans could elaborate on the nature of the crimes that led to the incident.

A gun was pointed at officers and a shot was fired, and police shot a man who later died at Regions Hospital.

The dispatcher who took the 911 call at about 1:10 a.m. Friday morning heard sounds of a struggle, Vague said.

The Washington County SWAT team was later able to negotiate a successful surrender early Friday morning, though authorities rehearsed an entry in another hotel room beforehand, Vague said.

Regarding the officers involved in the shooting, Vague said, “I trust their judgment.”

The BCA is assisting in the investigation and will also conduct an investigation of the shooting.

The last officer-involved shooting in Woodbury was about two years ago, Vague said, and there were two that year. Before that it had been a decade since the last time a Woodbury officer shot a suspect.

“This is a tough day for us,” Vague said.

Check back for further updates.

Update: 9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has confirmed that a hostage situation led to officers shooting and killing a person at the Red Roof Inn early Friday morning.

Officials from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were processing the scene and Woodbury police were interviewing people at the motel.

One of the Red Roof Inn buildings was completely cordoned off.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. A news conference is set to start shortly, where officials will provide an update on the investigation.

Original story

A person was killed in a shootout with Woodbury police at the during the early-morning hours of Friday, Aug. 31.

Police were called about a disturbance at the motel at about 1:10 a.m. this morning.

As they were investigating, a shot was fired and three officers returned gunfire, according to a release from the city.

Just before 5 a.m., the Washington County SWAT team took one suspect into custody, the release says. Additional people from the motel room are being interviewed.

The person who was shot was taken to Regions Hospital, was pronounced dead there, and was then transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No officers were injured during the initial shooting incident, though one SWAT team member was treated for a minor injury during the tactical operation, according to the release.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting the investigation. The identity of the police officers involved will not be released until after they are interviewed by the BCA. All three officers will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Patch will report more information as it becomes available.


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Kim Lemrick September 05, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I don't think anyone's blaming the building but rather questioning the business and those who run it because they don't have a handle on their business and the safety of their customers. Of COURSE the person to blame is the man who was charged. And if you've been paying attention at all (and from your comment I doubt it) you would know that the Woodbury cops have practicly LIVED at this location for the past few months. I don't live that far and I rarely drive by and not see a cop at that location, or sitting very near it. Most nights they are there. This is public knowledge and frequently discussed on this very website. And btw, the cops that patrol the interstate..those would be called "State Patrol".
Elizabeth Barton September 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
The criticism of the police is appalling. These officers had a split second to react. There was a gun pointed at them, and then this guy runs out and DOES NOT OBEY their commands. They not only have to protect themselves but, their fellow officers and the rest of the public. How were they to know if he was a danger or not? Especially when he was not obeying them. You mean to tell me that if a gun was pointed at you and then someone ran towards you disobeying your commands to stop you would not use any kind of force? I find it hard to believe. It is a terrible tragedy that the young man was unarmed, but they had no way of knowing. And it is something that these officers will have to live with forever.
Laurie October 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Sorry but the cops did not have a gun pointed at them and they had enough time to see that the hostage they shot did NOT have a gun. The hostage was panicking and running towards the cops for help and to get away from the guy who was shooting at him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laurie October 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Plus 10 to 12 shots in the body of the hostage that the police killed. I would say that number of shots was a few TOO many !!!!!!!!!
Melody Brown November 01, 2012 at 06:25 AM
i agree with laurie. deeply saddening that these officers will be given a celebration and or promotion of some sort. most likely a medal/trophy. a dozen shots at a very young man who was clearly not the threat in the situation? i truly hope that the witnesses can do something for this young man's family. very sad story. also shutting down red roof doesnt sound half bad.


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