Man barricades himself in home with firearm

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle A State Patrol officer talks with two deputies and a Special Emergency Response Team member from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department last Friday evening after the arrest had been made of man reported to have violated a woman’s order-for-protection. Officers were called to the city of Princeton to get the man out of the house where he was holed up a few blocks off from the center of the downtown. The photo is looking west along Second Street South, about a block west of Rum River Drive.

Joel Stottrup / Union-Eagle
A State Patrol officer talks with two deputies and a Special Emergency Response Team member from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department last Friday evening after the arrest had been made of man reported to have violated a woman’s order-for-protection. Officers were called to the city of Princeton to get the man out of the house where he was holed up a few blocks off from the center of the downtown. The photo is looking west along Second Street South, about a block west of Rum River Drive.

A Princeton man remained in custody Tuesday as the result of a standoff in an apartment complex a block off Main Street near downtown Princeton.
On Friday afternoon, Troy G. Quale, 43, with a firearm in hand, barricaded himself in an apartment unit at 204 Sixth Ave. S., the home of a woman with whom he formerly had a relationship. The address is also the last known address that Mille Lacs County District Court has on file for Quale, court records show.
The incident caught the attention of Princeton residents as police officers and members of Mille Lacs County’s Special Emergency Response Team took to the streets and alleys around the 200 block of Sixth Avenue South.
Homes and businesses were evacuated and rumors swirled on social media suggesting everything from a bank robbery at People’s Bank to a hostage situation at a Princeton residence.
The Princeton Police Department received at 3:45 p.m. Friday, July 18, a report of a violation of an order for protection, according to Sgt. Joe Backlund of the Princeton Police Department.
A woman told police that Quale was in her residence. Quale allegedly used a cellphone to text photos to the woman showing that he was in her home. The woman was not in the residence at the time of the complaint.
A criminal complaint filed Monday, July 21, in Mille Lacs County District Court states that one of the photos showed Quale at the woman’s kitchen table with a rifle on the table. Court records state that the Remington 270 hunting rifle belonged to the woman’s son.
A subsequent message sent to the woman by Quale allegedly indicated that he would hurt himself if the woman didn’t make contact with him. A photo forwarded by the woman to Backlund showed Quale pointing the barrel of the gun at his body, court records state.
The Princeton Police Department, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, State Patrol and the Princeton Fire Department responded to the scene. They set up a perimeter around the house and evacuated some homes in the area.
The woman was in contact with Quale by telephone and, at the suggestion of law enforcement, she tried to set up a meeting with him at the Coffee Corner, located about a block away on Rum River Drive in downtown Princeton. Quale did not leave the residence.
A relative of the woman arrived at the scene, which caused some sort of commotion, court records state. The commotion resulted in phone communications being broken off at about 5:15 p.m., about one and a half hours into the incident.
It’s at that time that the Special Emergency Response Team was called in.
At about 6:45 p.m., telephone contact between law enforcement and Quale was re-established, according to Backlund. Quale was communicating with Capt. Jason Lasart of the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, court records show. Lasart is a member of the SERT Team.
Lasart and Quale talked for about 30 minutes. At about 7:20 p.m. Quale agreed to exit the residence, at which time he was taken into custody without incident, Backlund said.
Before exiting the resident, it appeared Quale had placed the rifle inside a gun safe located within the residence.
According to the criminal complaint, in a meeting with police investigators, the woman stated Quale had been at her residence the previous evening. The pair had gotten into an argument, but the woman did not call police. The woman said she was concerned that Quale might be under the influence of a controlled substance, records state, specifically methamphetamine.
In an interview with investigators at the Princeton police station, Quale acknowledged the order for protection filed against him, which court records show was issued at the request of the woman on March 18, 2014. Quale, who was convicted of domestic assault in October 2004, has pending charges for a violation of an order for protection from a May 19, 2014, incident involving the same woman, court records state.
Quale told investigators that he was trying to elicit an emotional response from the woman. He had no intention of actually harming himself, the complaint states.
Quale was still in the Mille Lacs County Jail on Tuesday, July 22. He was formally charged Monday, July 21, in Mille Lacs County District Court with domestic abuse: violating an order for protection within 10 years of a previous conviction. The charge is a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted.

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