Two people were taken into custody and two were hospitalized after a two-hour standoff at an Austin hotel early Sunday morning.
Austin Police Captain Todd Clennon reported that Austin Police Officers, along with members of the Mower County Sheriff’s Office and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service responded to a report of a weapon-involved assault that had just occurred in a room in the hotel at approximately 4:18 am. Sunday morning. Clennon stated that there were multiple subjects in the room when officers arrived on the scene, and one of the alleged suspects was reported to be armed with a firearm. A victim had initially indicated to 9-1-1 dispatchers that they were unable to leave the room due to one of the subjects possessing a firearm. Officers established a perimeter and Captain Clennon stated that they began attempting phone contact with the subjects inside. One of the victims was eventually able to leave the room and was taken to safety, and Clennon stated that one of the officers on the scene was a trained crisis negotiator, and he was able to establish phone contact with a subject in the room. Over the course of approximately two hours, the officer was able to negotiate the safe surrender of everyone in the room.
An Austin Police Detective was called in to assist with the investigation, and one suspect, 25-year-old Kevin Coats of Waseca, is being held at the Mower County jail on a possible charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The other suspect, 25-year-old Jordan Travis of Austin, is facing a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Captain Clennon stated that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and he added that there is no active or ongoing threat to the public.