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Standoff in Lake City ends after four hours

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LAKE CITY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities say a four hour standoff with a man Wednesday night in Lake City ended when he took his own life.

The incident began when police responded to a home on South 6th Street around 5:30 Wednesday evening. They say had a report of threatening text messages and a concern of known weapons within the residence.

Police say they first tried negotiating with the suspect, identified as Benjamin Anderson, and tried to get him to leave the home. Attempts to communicate with the suspect were unsuccessful, and a SWAT team and K-9 entered the home.

During the standoff, police blocked off at least three blocks around the home, as well as connecting streets and alleyways.

Lincoln High School in Lake City was also put on a precautionary lockdown, but students were allowed to leave with parents.

Officials say the standoff ended at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when Anderson died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"There were some efforts made to push back a perimiter so we could maintain the safety for the citizens of our community. Once that was taken care of, we then worked on locating the suspect, and once he was located and found we then cleared the scene," Lake City police chief Cory Kubista said.

Lake City police were assisted by Wabasha County, Goodhue County, Minnesota State Patrol, Goodhue County Emergency Reponse Team, and Lake City ambulance.

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