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Police standoff leads to arrest

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Law enforcement officers attempt to negotiate the arrest of a man locked in his home at 751 McSorley St. on June 19, 2018. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Responders gather outside 751 McSorley St., attempting to negotiate the removal of a man threatening to commit suicide on June 19, 2018. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
McSorley Street residents were unable to access their homes from about 4-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, as law enforcement provided assistance to a man threatening suicide. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

McSorley Street was closed to traffic on Tuesday, June 19, while emergency responders negotiated the arrest of Troy Sommers who had holed himself up in his home at 751 McSorley St., threatening suicide.

Police received an anonymous call around 1:35 p.m. regarding a disturbance at this address but left after no one appeared to be inside. They followed up on a second call at 2:08 p.m. and, according to the press release, “found an uncooperative male subject who ran back inside the residence and barricaded the door.”

“My husband’s having psychological problems. He’s, you know, just had a meltdown I guess … telling me he didn’t want to live,” said Sommers’ wife. She confirmed there were no weapons on the property.

Operations Captain Gordon Rohr said in an interview on June 20 that a weapon was found in the home, but authorities have yet to determined if it’s functional or not. Rohr also said that a small amount of drugs were found in the home.

Jacob Keller, the building’s landlord, said that no such issue had come up with this tennant in the past. He arrived on the scene to bring a spare set of keys to negotiators.

Sommers’ wife said they had been renting at the duplex for about one year. She also said this is the first time in their 30-year relationship that he has demonstrated this behavior.

Sommers was arrested around 6:20 p.m. and could be seen by spectators yelling and shouting from inside the police transport.

He has been taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing for treatment of self-inflicted injuries, according to police. Rohr said these injuries were minor cuts from broken windows inside the home.

Red Wing Police were assisted on site by the Goodhue/Wabasha County Emergency Response Team, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and the Red Wing Fire Department. Extra enforcement was used based on the comments Sommers made towards law enforcement, according to Rohr.

Rohr said Sommers is not officially charged with anything at this time and is being monitored at the hospital.

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