By Conrad deFiebre
Minneapolis Star Tribune Staff Writer
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AMBOY, MINN. -- Jeffrey Skjervold, who apparently killed himself during the weekend siege at his home, was a gun collector, a friend said.
An arsenal of "approximately 30 firearms" was taken by investigators from a house near Amboy, Minn., where two officers were shot over the Christmas weekend, allegedly by a man who apparently shot himself to death at the end of a 7 1/2-hour standoff with police, authorities said Tuesday.
State Patrol Lt. Mark Peterson declined to describe the weapons seized after police tear-gassed the home of Jeffrey Skjervold, 41, ending the siege by about 50 officers in riot gear after a report of a domestic disturbance there.
"It's all part of an active investigation" by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Peterson said. "We'll be there for quite a while yet."
Mankato police officer Robert Sadusky, 37, remained in fair condition Tuesday after surgery at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., a Mayo Clinic spokesman said.
Sadusky and St. Peter officer Chris Nelson, 44, members of the Minnesota Valley Tactical Response Team, were shot in the head during the incident, which ended about 4 a.m. Sunday. Nelson, who Peterson said was spared serious injury by his riot helmet, was at home with his family.
Neither officer will be available for media interviews for at least several days, Peterson said.
Skjervold reportedly told a relative by telephone during the siege that he had shot two officers and was prepared to "take out four more." But he was found dead inside the house after officers lobbed tear gas in and heard a single gunshot, authorities said.
A Skjervold family friend who requested anonymity told the Star Tribune that the dead man had a drinking problem and was a gun collector. The incident began with a quarrel between Skjervold and his wife, Cindy, who escaped the house unharmed.
30 weapons seized after standoff, 2 Minn. officers wounded