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Minnesota standoff ends between police and armed man

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(ST. MICHAEL, Minn.) -- A 30-hour standoff involving Wright County sheriff's deputies and a suspect carrying a rifle came to end when authorities stormed the home in St. Michael, Minnesota, on Wednesday night.

The standoff began after the sheriff's office received a complaint that a man and woman were verbally arguing and the man was carrying a rifle.

The sheriff's office said it received the gun complaint at 12:37 a.m. on Tuesday regarding a domestic situation. The residence then remained under surveillance until emergency response units arrived at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Authorities were on the scene into Wednesday night, according to the sheriff's office.

Police identified the suspect as 39-year-old Brandon Gardas. He has active arrest warrants for domestic assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the sheriff's office.

The standoff came to an end at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after law enforcement entered Gardas' home. Officers shot Gardas upon entering the residence, police said.

He was airlifted to an area hospital and his condition is unknown. No police officers were injured.

Gardas fired several rounds at law enforcement during the standoff, authorities said.

Police said the area surrounding the home will remain secured for investigative purposes and asked the public to stay away from that area. Earlier Wednesday, police had told people in the immediate vicinity of the home to evacuate due to the "volatile nature" of the incident and said they rerouted several roads in the area for public safety.

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