The Dakota County Government Services Center campus in Hastings was on lockdown Thursday morning after an unidentified man allegedly claimed to have a gun. The campus includes the Administration Center, Judicial Center, Law Enforcement Center, and Juvenile Services Center.
At about 8:35 a.m., a deputy heard an individual yelling about having a gun in the parking lot of the Judicial Center. Several witnesses also reported hearing a man yelling in the parking lot.
All buildings in the campus were placed on lockdown and, due to the quick actions of responding deputies and officers from the Hastings Police Department, the individual was located inside the Government Center complex shortly thereafter.
The subject was taken into custody without incident. An unopened bottle of alcohol was discovered in his possession, and he smelled of alcohol.
The individual was identified as 37-year-old Chance Amos Thern Schwersinske. He was detained for questioning and later released due to insufficient evidence of a threat. No weapons were found.
The campus was reopened for business at 9:05 a.m. Dakota County staff prepares and trains for responses to incidents like the one today, which helped lead to a safe outcome for all staff and citizens.