Police end two-hour standoff with St. Paul man

St. Paul police arrested a 53-year-old man Friday after a two-hour standoff near the Oakland Cemetery left one officer with a facial wound.

Officers were called to the home of the man around 2 p.m. on a report that he was possibly suicidal, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department. The man walked outside with a knife in his hand when the police arrived.

The two officers backed away when they saw the knife, according to police. The man ran back into his house and shot one of the officers, an 18-year veteran of the force, in the cheek with some kind of projectile, Paulos said. Police are still investigating the type of weapon the man used.

The man then barricaded himself in his house for about two hours before police convinced him to surrender. He's in custody at the Ramsey County Jail and could be charged with assault as early as Monday, Paulos said.

The wounded officer was being treated at Regions Hospital, Paulos said. He declined to name the two officers involved, citing the active investigation.

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