Posted on Wed, Jun. 16, 2004
BY AMY MAYRON
Rush-hour traffic came to a halt tonight on Selby Avenue
at Lexington Parkway in St. Paul as a man with a hunting bow held police at
Police were called to a group home at 1137 Selby Ave.
about 5 p.m. to help a Ramsey County mental health worker with a client who
had been aggressive to a mental health worker there earlier in the day, said
St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell.
When they arrived, the man had a compound bow and arrows,
and police learned he was an accomplished archer, Schnell said.
Police closed the street to traffic, set up a perimeter
and called in SWAT officers, negotiators and traffic and crowd-control
officers to handle a large group that had gathered in the area. The man,
however, would not cooperate with police or talk with anyone, Schnell said.
Of additional concern was another mental health client who
was in the home at the time.
At 7:20 p.m., officers saw the man with the bow near an
open door to the home. They fired a Taser gun at him, sending an electric
shock to his muscles and causing him to collapse long enough for officers to
take him into custody.
He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for a
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