UPDATE: Law enforcement responds to apparent standoff in Austin
AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- Thursday evening law enforcement shared with KTTC a mental health situation is to blame for a heavy police presence in central Austin. They say it involves an individual showing multiple knives and a hammer.
The Austin Police Department says officers used every “less lethal” tool to de-escalate the situation. They tell us none were successful. As of 6 p.m. Thursday the threat to the public has declined, and APD is rolling back their presence but will keep an officer in the neighborhood to monitor the situation.
This is in the 1200 block of 4th Ave. NW in Austin.
PREVIOUS STORY – There is a heavy police presence in Austin Wednesday night. As of 8 p.m. parts of town around the 1200 block of 4th Ave. were blocked off to traffic.
A person who lives nearby claims a person in a home was threatening to hurt himself, and police have been on the scene for hours.
KTTC has reached out to law enforcement agencies in the area, but we have not heard back. We have not been told there is a threat to the public.
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