SWAT team called as Minn. FFs battle house fire

Firefighters were "pulled back for safety" after an armed man barricaded himself in a trailer on the property


Update: 10:22 a.m. PST

The armed man who barricaded himself in a trailer near a burning home has died by suicide.

The man shot himself at the property in the 300 block of Andover Boulevard. According to court records, deputies were called to the same property in mid-February, when the owner allegedly fired several gunshots and made threats to shoot law enforcement, reports the Star Tribune.

A SWAT team was called to the scene of a Minnesota house fire where an armed individual has barricaded themselves in a trailer near where firefighters were battling the blaze. (Photo/Star Tribune)
A SWAT team was called to the scene of a Minnesota house fire where an armed individual has barricaded themselves in a trailer near where firefighters were battling the blaze. (Photo/Star Tribune)

Original report

By Laura French

ANDOVER, Minn. — A SWAT team has been called to the scene of a Minnesota house fire and has surrounded an armed, barricaded individual near where firefighters were battling the blaze. 

Officials said fire personnel "were pulled back for safety" during what Anoka County Sheriff's Office Lt. Andy Knotz calls "a volatile situation," according to the Star Tribune

Knotz said the person is "armed and threatening from inside a trailer on the property" where the house fire is burning in Andover.

Firefighters and apparatus from several departments, as well as ambulances, are standing by during the standoff. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available. 

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