Police Close Part of Mainstreet During Weapons Arrest

Officers used a ‘gas irritant’ to arrest a 32-year-old man suspected of a felony-level assault with a weapon.

Several residents were evacuated from the 500 block of Mainstreet in Hopkins on Monday morning as SWAT members went to arrest a suspect in a felony-level Brooklyn Center assault involving a weapon, police announced.

At about 10:20 a.m. Monday, Hopkins police were asked to locate the 32-year-old man, who was known to live on the 500 block of Mainstreet.

“After officers arrived on scene, it became clear he was not going to surrender in a peaceful manner,” a Police Department news release stated.

The Hopkins SWAT Team, with help from the Eden Prairie Police SWAT Team, was called out to the scene. Nearby residents were evacuated and moved to a safe location.

After several hours of negotiation, officers used a “gas irritant” and arrested the man safely.

The Brooklyn Center Police Department is investigating the initial assault.

The following agencies helped with the call:

  • Minnetonka Police Department
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Edina Police Department
  • Eden Prairie Police Department
  • Hennepin EMS
  • Hopkins Fire Department


James Warden January 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Joe, maybe you know this already but Hopkins actually tried to go that route until it was stymied by the courts. Hopkins created a TIF district in 2005 to redevelop a swathe of Mainstreet between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, also called “Block 64.” Doran-Pratt came in a few years later, after the initial developer fell through, and proposed building a 254-unit luxury apartment complex with 13,000 square feet of retail space. The city embarked on condemnation proceedings against Hopkins Park Plaza and Mainstreet USA in 2008. Hopkins Park Plaza challenged the legitimacy of the TIF district. In October 2010, the Minnesota Court of Appeals found Hopkins failed to meet the legal standards for finding that the properties were “structurally substandard.” Since the city couldn’t establish the TIF district, it couldn’t seize the property. Cities have been asking the Legislature since that court decision to clarify the condemnation rules. However, eminent domain for economic development has been hugely unpopular since the 2008 SCOTUS case Kelo vs. City of New London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelo_v._City_of_New_London). The court ruled that governments can take property from one private owner and transfer it to another private owner for the sake of economic development. But in response, there was a huge backlash against such transfers. Minnesota was one of many states that changed its laws to restrict New London-type initiatives. The new law didn't impact the original Hopkins case since it came afterward, but it would affect any eminent domain actions in the future. So we've got a conflict between people — like Mike B. — who want government to have broad powers to dictate private development and others — also like Mike B. — who want government to be as small as possible. That's a tough paradox to resolve.
Ramona DeGraw January 21, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Not everyone that lives in this particular apartment complex is a gang member nor section8 fodder. Really?
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 07:19 PM
You are correct, Ramona. Not everyone who lives in the complex is a gang member nor section 8. That's what makes it difficult for the hard-working, law-abiding people who do live there.
Sal Anthony May 15, 2014 at 02:20 AM
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