Wabasha-Kellogg schools locked down after report of gunfire
KELLOGG — A man was found dead in his Kellogg home Thursday morning, possibly from suicide, after the other man living there called authorities at about 5 a.m. to report gunfire.
When officers arrived, the man who had called met police outside the home at 105 E. Austin Ave., Wabasha Police Chief Jim Warren said. The man told police his roommate had discharged a firearm in the residence and injuries were unknown.
"It progressed rather quickly," and more officers were soon called, Warren said.
Wabasha-Kellogg schools, which are about four miles north of Kellogg, were locked down, and people in nearby homes were evacuated to the fire hall, Warren said.
The Emergency Response Unit that covers both Wabasha and Goodhue counties was called in after the situation intensified, he said. Authorities tried several times to contact the man inside but got no answer.
At about 10:20 a.m., authorities sent in a robot with a camera and discovered the man inside the one-story home was dead, he said.
Janice Arens, who lives next door, said she didn't know the man well.
"He was a recluse kind of person," she said. "I would see him very seldom outside."
She was alerted to the problem by her daughter-in-law who lives nearby. "There were armed people everywhere," she said. "Oh my, there were cops all over."