Armed suspect in barricaded standoff with officers in north St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A police standoff has been playing out for most of the day in a north St. Louis County neighborhood.

Dozens of police vehicles—including SWAT trucks—arrived at a residence in the 14800 block of Frais Drive before 9 a.m. St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said US Marshals were trying to make an arrest of a man in his 40s.

“That arrest attempt did not go well. That suspect has since armed and barricaded himself inside that home,” Granda said Thursday morning.

The heavy police presence has been an unsettling sight for residents who reported hearing gunshots.

“About 9:10, 9:15, I took my son to school and as we were getting in the car, I heard…multiple gunshots,” said resident Michelle Harry.

Another resident, Brad Hecht, said during the standoff a woman came to his home and began banging on his door and windows.

“I heard a bang on the bedroom window and the back door of the house; didn’t think much of it. Maybe about 5-10 minutes after that, (I) heard a banging noise at my home at the far end of the house over by my garage, went out and look and didn’t see anything,” Hecht said. “I went out, drove my truck across the street, notified them that someone had tried to get in my house, and they came over.”

That resident said police came and took her into custody and she may have been involved in the standoff.

“We’ve got a lot of our tactical operations unit which is very, very well-trained in these very high-risk, dangerous-type movements and incidents,” Granda said.

Residents were shocked to learn of the standoff.

“I’ve lived here about 30 years. I’ve been here since I was about six or seven years old. Very quiet neighborhood. I’m very shocked that something like this is so close like within walking distance has happened,” Hecht said.

Police said US Marshals were trying to arrest the man on felony charges but they didn’t give details on those charges.

No injuries have been reported during the standoff.

St. Louis County police said the suspect fired shots at law enforcement during the standoff. Two shots struck the front windshield of a SWAT vehicle.

More details will be posted as this story develops. Tune in to News 11  for the latest update.

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