Police tragically discovered the dead bodies of five related people and a dog after responding to a call and finding a man in the midst of a “mental health crisis”
Five people and a dog have been found dead in a home following a standoff with police.
Police were called to the home in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, at around 11am on Wednesday (April 20) for a welfare check and found a man in the midst of a severe mental health crisis when they arrived on the scene.
A standoff ensued at the property when cops learned that the man had access to weapons.
Officers from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Superior Police Department and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in as backup.
When police eventually managed to gain entry to the home they found five dead including the suspect, with all of the victims were related to each other, Fox21 reports.
Mike Tusken, Chief of Duluth Police, described the scene as an “unimaginable tragedy”, adding that “is very, very difficult for us, that makes us have heavy, heavy hearts”.
He also said that police do not believe there to be any threat to the public.
The names of the victims are yet to be released while officials go about notifying their relatives.
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Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson is currently away from the city but sent her condolences to the family, said city spokesperson Kate Van Daele.
Police said the investigation remains active, with more information planned to be released today (April 21).