Edina, Minn., March 23, 2019 – A St. Paul man is in custody after a four-hour standoff with Edina Police Saturday, March 23.
At 9:36 a.m., Edina Police responded to a call from a patron visiting Bredesen Park, 5901 Olinger Blvd. The patron reported two people sleeping inside a running vehicle. Upon arrival, officers awoke the people and initiated a conversation. The passenger got out of the vehicle. The driver became agitated, reversed the four-door Chevy pickup truck and repeatedly rammed two squad cars to exit the park.
A pursuit ensued, with the driver traveling from Olinger to Vernon Avenue at speeds over 75 mph. Attempting to exit Vernon onto southbound Minnesota 100, the driver lost control, hitting a fence. He attempted to back up and then hit another squad car. Other Police vehicles pinned the pickup truck, but the driver refused to exit the vehicle. He threatened officers, saying he had a weapon.
Negotiations with the man began immediately and the Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams were called in to assist. Highway 100 was closed in both directions between Excelsior Boulevard and Minnesota Highway 62, due to the police activity. Vernon Avenue across Highway 100, Eden Avenue, Grange Road and Arcadia Avenue were also closed.
Negotiations continued until about 2:09 p.m. when the driver voluntary exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. The driver was identified as 48-year-old Kelly Gordon Sauer of St. Paul, who was initially charged with assault for ramming the squad cars, fleeing police and possession of a stolen auto. He was transported to Hennepin County Jail. The Chevy pickup truck was found to have been stolen in January from a lawn maintenance company in Rosemount, Minnesota.
“All of the officers involved handled this situation very well – exactly as they were trained to do,” said Sgt. Ryan Schultz. “The Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams did a great job resolving this incident without anyone getting hurt.”
No one was injured in the incident. Edina Police were assisted by the Edina Fire Department and officers from Eden Prairie, Hopkins Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and the Minnesota State Patrol. All of the roads were reopened before 4 p.m., after the scene was processed.
The vehicle is being held for a search warrant that is expected to be executed Monday, March 25. At that time, officers may be able to determine if Sauer had a weapon inside.