- Associated Press - Thursday, February 21, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) - A 42-year-old man is in custody after a 4 ½-hour standoff that began when he barricaded himself inside a recreational vehicle parked near a mall in the Minneapolis suburb of Maplewood.

Police say the man fled from officers who tried to arrest him on a warrant late Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say he later barricaded himself in the RV and threatened violence with an improvised explosive device.

Officers eventually deployed a chemical irritant to force the man outside. He surrendered without incident about 9:30 p.m., was taken to a St. Paul hospital for a medical evaluation and then booked into jail. Formal charges were pending.

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