Death Threats, Firearms Involved in Byron Shelter In Place Order
Around 12:45 AM, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office asked Byron residents living near 9th Street Northwest between 1st and 2nd Avenues to secure all of their doors and windows and remain inside. Anyone headed to their home in that area was not allowed inside the perimeter and the public was asked to avoid the area.
Sheriff’s Captain Tim Parkin said Monday morning that deputies respond to a residence in the 100 block of 9th St. Northwest shortly before 9:20 p.m. Authorities responded to the residence on the report of a Byron man armed with an AR-15 threatening to walk to a neary residence and kill two people inside.
While en route, law enforcement received a call from inside of the 9th St. home indicating the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Andrew Gerhardt, was passed out inside of a bedroom. Parkin said members of the Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department, State Patrol, the Olmsted County Emergency Response Team and a crisis team responded to the area.
He said law enforcement established a perimeter, got the occupants of the 9th St. home out and evacuated homes in the immediate area. Parkin said law enforcement made contact with Gerhardt around 12:50 a.m. and that he turned himself in.
Authorities then executed a search warrant at the home and collected a shotgun and AR-15 type rifle along with other evidence, Parkin said. Gerhardt was booked into the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of felony terroristic threats and felon in possession of a firearm.
Parkin said the preliminary investigation indicated Gerhardt had stepped out into the front lawn of the 9th St. home with the rifle, which prompted the initial 911 call. He said investigators are working to determine whether or not Gerhardt left the property before law enforcement arrived.
Gerhardt was a former roommate of the residents targeted by the alleged threat, Parkin said. Authorities say Gerhardt appeared to have been intoxicated and reportedly told law enforcement he had been drinking at a Byron restaurant earlier Saturday night.