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1 in custody after armed man broke into occupied home, hid in basement

St. Paul police say they were responding to a report of shots fired on the 1100 block of White Bear Avenue when the man broke into the home.

ST PAUL, Minn. — A man is in custody after breaking into an occupied home in St. Paul early Wednesday and hiding in the basement while several residents were still inside.

St. Paul Police were called to the 1100 block of White Bear Avenue at around midnight after reports of shots being fired. A witness described seeing a man running around on foot with a gun, and as officers were setting up a perimeter additional shots were heard. Dispatchers soon received a 911 phone call from a resident reporting that an armed man had broken into their home. 

Police say a family was inside the home when the man forced his way in. The suspect went down into the basement, allowing a group of people upstairs to escape. However, there were additional people in the home that were forced to hide while the man was down there.

Officials say they remained on the phone with the people in the basement, and at one point those inside reported "hearing a possible struggle." St. Paul Police SWAT members quickly entered the home and took the man into custody. A firearm was recovered at the scene by officers.

Police say no injuries were reported.

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