Police: Five dead at Duluth home after man had mental health crisis

DULUTH, Minn. — Five people and a dog were found dead inside a home in the 700 block of East 12th Street on Wednesday, according to the Duluth Police Department.

What started as a welfare check in Hermantown turned into a large police presence that developed outside the Duluth home.

The suspect, a man, is among the five dead.

Police say all the deceased are related.

The victims and the suspect will not be identified until their families are notified. It is not clear how the five people and the dog died.

The Duluth Public Information Officer says this incident began when the Hermantown Police Department received a call for a wellness check in Hermantown at 11:18 in the morning.

Then an hour later, just after noon, Duluth police officers were called to the home on East 12th Street by a man experiencing a mental health crisis.

It escalated into an increased police presence when officers learned the man may have had weapons with him.

DPD requested support from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Superior Police Department and ATFE (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).

“Ultimately, the Duluth Police Department was able to enter the home and locate five deceased individuals and one deceased dog,” said Chief Mike Tusken of the Duluth Police Department.

Chief Tusken shared his condolences for the loved ones of the victims.

“Earlier today, there was an unimaginable tragedy that hit our community, one that really is very, very difficult for us and makes us have heavy, heavy hearts,” he said. “Know that our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the family and friends of these victims.”

He added that he doesn’t think there is a threat to the public.

The city of Duluth plans to release more information on Thursday.

Duluth’s public information officer said Mayor Emily Larson is out of town but is keeping up to date on the situation and sending condolences to loved ones of the victims.

Mayo Ambulance, DPD CORE Unit and St. Louis County Social Services also responded to the call.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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