Mental Health Crisis Leads to Minnesota Explosives Investigation
John Sherwin, Faribault Police Chief, reported today (February 6, 2023) his department continues to investigate a family disturbance call that led to calling a bomb squad.
Sherwin says at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023 officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of 1st. St. NW.
Upon arrival officers determined an 18-year old male resident was suffering from a mental health crisis and in need of transport for a psychological evaluation.
"While deescalating and evaluating the situation, suspicious items were observed in plain view including chemicals and materials believed to be used for the construction of explosive materials. Officers exited the residence and secured the scene pending a search warrant."
Sherwin also reported, "While preparing the warrant additional resources were requested from the State Duty Officer. The St. Paul Police Department Bomb Squad, Rochester Fire Department Regional Chemical Assessment Team (CAT), State Fire Marshal's Office, Minneapolis Fire Department and Minnesota Department of Health all responded to the scene."
"A number of unknown chemicals and items were seized upon execution of the search warrant."
"The Faribault Police Department continues work with both state and federal law enforcement including the FBI, in the investigation of this incident. The 18-year old suspect has not been charged at this time and remains detained on a mental health hold for furthur evaluation."
In his News Release Sherwin states,"Officers and Detectives did an excellent job of recognizing the potential hazards presented to them during this incident and summoning the necessary resources to Faribault."
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