by CHRIS ROGERS
A suspect in a domestic assault case barricaded himself from police on Saturday night, set fire to the house he was in, and threatened officers before police were able to bring him into custody following an extended standoff, the Winona Police Department (WPD) reported.
At 8:18 p.m. on Saturday evening, officers responded to a domestic assault call at a residence on the 650 block of East Seventh Street. According to police, the suspect barricaded himself inside the residence, forcing officers to retreat and wait for backup.
“The suspect then began setting parts of the house on fire and continuously made threats toward law enforcement,” WPD officials wrote in a press release.
The local SWAT team — the Winona County Emergency Response Team — responded, along with the multiple local law enforcement agencies, and the Winona Fire Department crews worked to extinguish the fires.
In a statement issued this morning at 6:56 a.m., WPD officials indicated the standoff was ongoing and warned the public to stay away. At 8:25 a.m., WPD officials announced that the suspect had been arrested.
WPD leaders weren’t immediately available for comment.