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Crosslake officer aids in standoff

Crosslake police officer Jake Maier was commended for being on the scene of a suicidal suspect who had talked about a “mass shooting” for more than four hours on a Saturday night in January.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl sent the Crosslake City Council a letter of appreciation, commending Maier’s work maintaining a perimeter at the Merrifield residence on what Dahl called a “long, cold night.”

The incident report from that night says Maier was on-scene from 10:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, to 2:49 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

The report was of a suicidal, intoxicated male with post-traumatic stress disorder who made threats of a mass killing and suicide by cop.

Maier responded with multiple units, the report said, and assisted with rotating officers on the perimeter due to severe cold weather.

“Information indicated that the suspect had talked about ‘mass shooting’ and that he had access to several weapons and ammunition,” Dahl wrote. “For several hours the officers responding were in a standoff with the suspect.”

Dahl added that temperatures were below zero, and “Jake performed his duty admirably and without complaint.”

The suspect eventually gave himself up, and multiple loaded weapons were discovered inside the house, the report said.

“Thankfully, this incident was brought to a peaceful conclusion but I wanted you to know that Jake’s contribution did not go unnoticed,” Dahl wrote to the council.