News Release - Sauk Centre Standoff - Update

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Sauk Centre Standoff - *Update*

On January 12, 2020, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and Sauk Centre Police Department conducted a search warrant at 611 Pine Street South in the City of Sauk Centre. The search warrant stemmed from the domestic assault incident which led to a several-hour standoff.

During the execution of the warrant, officers recovered a loaded handgun. Investigators also recovered a spent casing in the kitchen of the residence. 

Further investigation revealed Ryan Kellen, 27, of Sauk Centre, shot at SWAT officers, who were approaching the residence inside an armored vehicle. Investigators determined the shot hit the armored vehicle in the area of the driver’s side door. The armored vehicle was occupied by multiple SWAT officers when it was fired upon. No officers were injured, and the suspect was taken into custody without injuries.

Members of the Stearns-Benton SWAT team and the St. Cloud SWAT team were used during the incident.   

Mr. Kellen is being held at the Stearns County Jail pending formal charges from the Stearns County Attorney’s Office.

The armored vehicles were acquired by the respective agencies through a military surplus program that allows agencies to purchase them. 


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