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Hastings man arrested following standoff Tuesday night

The 2300 block of Oak Street was full of police activity on Tuesday, April 16, for about three hours.

At about 8 p.m., officers learned that a man with an active warrant was in a residence on Oak Street. They also learned the man had a handgun.

Given that information, officers arrived and set up a perimeter. They noticed a back window at the residence was open, and they then called in the Multi-Agency Assistance Group from the various Dakota County law enforcement agencies. The MAAG team took over and was preparing to fire a less-lethal round through the window to get the man to come out.

Shortly before that occurred, a Dakota County deputy near the scene saw a man walking along the street with no shoes and no jacket.

The deputy stopped the man and it turned out to be the suspect. He had apparently fled through that open window when officers arrived.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Aaron Paul Hamilton of Hastings on that warrant. A handgun was found in the house as well, along with suspected narcotics. The arrest occurred just before midnight. The warrant was for a parole violation.

He was booked into the Dakota County jail at 1 a.m. on two additional felony level probable cause charges. The first is possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine/heroin or meth. The second is for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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