Weather Forecast


Prescott gun incident briefly shuts down bridge

PRESCOTT -- A riverside parking lot was the scene of a brief but tense situation Monday involving an armed man in Denmark Township.

Sgt. Tim Tuthill with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said officers were called at 3:59 p.m. Monday for a suicidal male.

The male, identified later as an 18-year-old Prescott resident, was found at the Point Douglas Beach wayside parking lot – just across the St. Croix River from Prescott – where he was seen pacing back and forth toting a shotgun, Tuthill said.

According to Prescott police reports, a Pierce County deputy was requested to stop traffic heading westbound at the Prescott bridge at around 4:17 p.m. The bridge was cleared to allow traffic again by 4:33 p.m.

Prescott police were able to speak with the man, Tuthill said, and were able to talk him into placing the shotgun on the back of a truck.

The man was patted down by officers and secured before being transported by Washington County deputies to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for a psychological evaluation. Tuthill said criminal charges were not likely in the incident.

The incident lasted about 25 minutes, Tuthill said.