A Costco in Burnsville was evacuated Wednesday night as police responded to a report of a man with a gun in the store’s parking lot.
Police said they were negotiating with a suicidal man in a car near the store’s gas pumps and that the man told them he had a gun. The incident started around 5:30 p.m. near Burnhaven Drive and McAndrews Road.
The suspect, a white male who appears to be in his late 20s, is sitting in his car, surrounded by police.
At least five agencies responded to the crisis call, including SWAT teams from Burnsville and Eagan. A police sniper appeared to be watching from the Costco gas station roof as a police drone zooms overhead.
Burnsville police were warning on Twitter for people to stay out of the area.
We have an active incident near Costco at Burnhaven and McAndrews. Please stay out of the area. We will provide more info as it becomes available.
— Burnsville Police (@BurnsvillePD) July 26, 2018
As darkness fell, half a dozen residents clamored atop a nearby hill to get a better view of the scene, which spans several blocks.
Sanaa Hersi, a local educator, was returning home when she saw squad cars were blocking her street.
“Burnsville is usually really quiet,” said Hersi, who has lived there for six years. “Hopefully it ends well.”
Andrew Nystrom, a resident who saw the flashing lights while heading home from work in Savage, wondered if the police response was too much, calling it “a little excessive for a single suicidal male.”
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Staff writer Aaron Lavinsky contributed to this report.