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MAN WITH HUNTING BOW HELD AFTER STANDOFF WITH POLICE

Posted on Wed, Jun. 16, 2004

BY AMY MAYRON

Pioneer Press

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 bay.

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 psychiatric evaluation.

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