Man surrenders to Duluth Police following shooting in East Hillside

DPD respond to shots fired in Duluth
Published: May. 8, 2022 at 8:01 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2022 at 11:52 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN (UPDATE)-- A man has been arrested following a shooting in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood Sunday night.

Police identified the man involved as Valentino Dodge, 36.

Dodge was arrested after surrendering to Duluth Police at 12:15 a.m. Monday.

This incident began when Duluth Police responded to shots fired call on 7th Ave E. and 1st St. at 5:54 Sunday night.

Police were told Dodge was inside a building and had allegedly fired a handgun during an argument with his significant other.

Based on that information DPD, the Tactical Response Team, and the Crisis Negotiation Team set up a perimeter and evacuated surrounding apartments as a precaution.

After further investigating, a search warrant, and multiple attempts to contact Dodge, police eventually learned Dodge wasn’t inside the building and that he had left before police arrived.

Police eventually got Dodge on the phone and negotiated with him to meet them near M&H gas station on W. Michigan St. to surrender.

Dodge agreed and was arrested.

Police said Dodge is facing several charges including 2nd Degree Assault, Discharge of a Firearm Endangering Safety, and Domestic Assault Fear of Bodily Harm.

The DPD was assisted by The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Superior Police Department.

The motive behind the initial shots fired is being investigated. No one was hurt.

DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -- 12:30 a.m. Update: Duluth police say at approximately 12:15 a.m. they detained a 36-year-old suspect without incident. Residents have been allowed back inside the apartment building.

10:30 p.m. Update: DPD, with assistance from the Tactical Response Scene and Crisis Negotiations Team entered the apartment using less than lethal tactics.

Officials say they are still on scene negotiating with the individual.

The public is still encouraged to stay away from that area until further notice.

8:30 p.m. Update: Some residents in the East Hillside neighborhood have been evacuated as Duluth Police negotiate with a man to surrender.

Police responded to the area near 7th Ave. E. and E. 1st Street in Duluth shortly after they received a report of gun shots around 6 p.m.

Eventually, Duluth Police’s Tactical Response Team and Crisis Negotiations Team arrived on scene and are now are now attempting to communicate with the man.

According to authorities, the main priority is to bring the individual into custody without incident.

Duluth Police are asking the public to stay away from the area.

It’s unclear if anyone is injured or what lead up to the shots fired call. It’s also unclear exactly which home or apartment building the suspect may be in.

It’s also unclear if the person police are negotiating with was involved in the earlier shots fired call.

This is a developing story, we will update you when more information is available.

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