Blue Earth County officials say they were tracking an armed individual on the Minnesota River near the Happy Chef in Mankato. Chief Deputy Mike Mauer says several law enforcement are on scene. No word yet on why the pursuit began.

The shelter in place is for Mankato area from 3rd Avenue to 7 Mile Creek Park.

Scanner chatter says shots were fired and there’s no movement from the suspect individual. Reports say the individual fled to a raft on the river and was the first to fire on law enforcement. Law Enforcement returned fire.

There is no official word what started the pursuit. However, scanner chatter indicates the incident started with a gas station robbery.

Mauer says more details will be released later but as of 2:30 p.m. on April 18 the shelter in place is still in effect. It started around 2:00.

 

Photo courtesy of Elvis Weichel.