(Mankato, MN) – Mankato police have been at the scene of a standoff since 11 p.m. last night, the city confirmed in an email.

Police are asking the public to stay out of the 1400 block of North 5th Street while they continue dealing with a person who is barricaded inside a home.

“We are working through some communications with a barricaded subject.  Any additional information that would be released right now would really tend to put not only that person in harm’s way but also our members that are out there as well as the public,” said Commander Matt DuRose.

Police logs indicate that officers arrived at a home North 5th just prior to 11 p.m. to execute a warrant.

SMN talked with two witnesses at the scene at about 8 a.m.  One witness said the aunt of the person inside the home told them the suspect is a 38-year-old man.  The woman was at the scene to retrieve her nephew’s dog, according to the witnesses.   After he and his friend pet the dog, the witnesses said, police told them to wash their hands, as the residence had been just been gassed.

This is a developing story.

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