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Cloquet Police Department
Monday July 12th, 2021 :: 01:00 p.m. CDT


**UPDATE** Person Identified in Saturday's Incident

**UPDATE** Person Identified in Saturday's Incident

The person involved in the home invasion/barricaded suspect incident on Saturday has been identified as 20-year-old Avery Brenden Cogswell of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The medical examiner's preliminary cause of death is suicide.

The CPD offers our condolences to the family and friends of Avery during this difficult time.

On July 10, 2021, at approximately 10:19 a.m., the Cloquet Police Department, Fond du Lac Police Department, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a home on Ridge Road in Cloquet on a report of a man armed with a gun who entered the house and threatened the residents.
The responding officers were able to get others out of the house safely.
Over the following approximately 2 ½ hours, officers negotiated with the suspect to get him to surrender.
When negotiations failed, officers used less than lethal efforts to bring an end to the event.
Unfortunately, while attempting to bring the incident to a peaceful ending, the man produced a handgun and took his own life.    
None of the officers on the scene were injured, nor did they discharge their firearms.
The name and identity of the deceased 20-year old from the Twin Cities will not be released at this time; pending next of kin notifications.
This is an open and active investigation. No other info is available.
Address: 309 Ridge Road, Cloquet, MN. 55720
Fire/medical: Cloquet Area Fire District
Fond du Lac Reservation

Cloquet Police Department
101 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 218-879-1247

Derek Randall
Chief of Police
[email protected]

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