A Forest Lake man was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday morning after he allegedly fired shots in his residence and fled from his home while armed. SWAT teams and several law enforcement agencies converged on Forest Lake to search for the man and to secure the southeast part of town.
According to the Forest Lake Police Department, the incident began the evening of Oct. 14 when Anthony James Remmen asked a friend to come to his home in the 900 block of 7th Street Southeast (the Police Department did not release Remmen’s name, but it is listed on the Washington County Jail’s booking report). Remmen was allegedly experiencing a mental health crisis and asked his friend to come get some of his guns, but police say that when the friend arrived, Remmen forced him inside the home. Around 9 p.m., police were alerted to two shots being fired inside the residence; they later learned that Remmen allegedly fired the shots, after which his friend managed to grab some of Remmen’s guns and escape. Remmen then allegedly fled the home himself, and police had reason to believe he was armed, so law enforcement issued a code red for that area of Forest Lake and began searching for Remmen. Forest Lake police were assisted by the SWAT teams from Washington County, Chisago County and Ramsey County; the sheriff’s offices from Washington County and Chisago County; the Wyoming Police Department; the Minnesota State Patrol Aviation Unit; and North Memorial Ambulance.
Eventually, Remmen allegedly returned to his home, where he surrendered peacefully to SWAT team members. He was booked for second-degree assault, kidnapping, reckless discharge of a firearm and making terroristic threats, though he had not been charged as of posting time.