Family of five and their dog found dead in a Duluth home after police standoff

Family of five and their dog found dead in northern Minnesota home after an hours-long standoff that began with a ‘mental health crisis’ call to police

  • Five people all believed to be related have been found dead inside a house in the East Hillside neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota
  • Police initially responded to a call for a welfare check at an address in the suburb of Hermantown at 11:18 am
  • When they found no answer, they contacted Duluth police about a related property,
  • Duluth police then arrived at a home seven miles away in the East Hillside area of ​​the city, and were tipped off that a person there may have access to weapons.
  • When police were finally able to access the home they found five people dead inside: neighbors said a family of four, including two preteen girls, lived there

Five members of a family and their dog have been found dead in a house in Duluth in what the police chief described as an ‘unimaginable tragedy’.

Neighbors told The Minnesota Star Tribune that a family of four lived there, with two preteen girls.

The fifth deceased person in the house, a man, is the suspect, Fox 21 reported.

Police were initially called to a property around seven miles away, for a welfare check at 11:18 am in the Duluth suburb of Hermantown.

When no one answered, Hermantown police contacted their Duluth colleagues, who were warned that a person inside the house may be armed.

Duluth police then surrounded the house in the East Hillside district of their city.

The property was known to police, Chief Mike Tusken said.

Police in Duluth, Minnesota, were called to a house in the East Hillside district on Wednesday

Officers were alerted by police in the suburb of Hermantown, who had initially been called to a welfare check at a property in Hermantown.  Finding no answer, they alerted Duluth authorities

Officers were alerted by police in the suburb of Hermantown, who had initially been called to a welfare check at a property in Hermantown. Finding no answer, they alerted Duluth authorities

Heavily-armed police with shields are seen arriving at the East Hillside home in Duluth

Heavily-armed police with shields are seen arriving at the East Hillside home in Duluth

Tusken said his officers carried out a ‘methodical search of the premise.’

They were able to eventually enter the home, and found five dead bodies as well as a dead dog.

Rick Adamski told the Star Tribune the family were ‘nice people.’

‘I just can’t believe it,’ he said.

The house has a Little Free Library in the front yard, and sleds and wagons sitting nearby.

Emily Larson, mayor of Duluth, tweeted: ‘Things happened today that can’t be undone.

‘Tonight we are a community in pain and shock, sharing a sorrow for the loss of our people.

‘DPD w support of other jurisdictions responded to a call today where 5 people & 1 dog were found deceased.’

She added: ‘My heart, like yours, absolutely hurts for the pain of loved ones and the fear people likely experienced on their final day here with us.’

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