Standoff in Winsted ends after man found dead in home

(KSTP) – A standoff in which two McCleod County deputies were shot ended Monday evening after a man who had barricaded himself inside a home was found dead.

McLeod County Sheriff Tim Langenfeld said officers used a drone to find the man’s body and law enforcement followed to confirm he was deceased.

Authorities said two McLeod County deputies were shot while serving an arrest warrant at the home on the 600 block of Pheasant Run in Winsted, about an hour west of the Twin Cities. Fortunately, they suffered injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening and have been released from the hospital.

“It’s not the ending we wanted,” Langenfeld said. “We would have liked to see a successful ending with no one else injured or dead, but for long-range stuff, this is better than more people get here.”

Langenfeld said the man at the address had multiple warrants for felony possession of child pornography.

Over the course of the standoff, all attempts to reach the suspect were unsuccessful. Ultimately, Langenfeld said deputies decided to deploy a drone to check inside the house because “it was time for us to see what we could do,” elaborating that if the suspect was injured, first responders could go inside to help him.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

This story first appeared on KSTP.