Police were performing a welfare check on a reportedly suicidal man at a duplex near Oakland Cemetery after his doctor had contacted authorities. St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Paulos said at a news conference police had conducted five checks on 53-year-old Robert Wood in the past year, and his fiancee said he has battled depression and mental illness for most of his life.
The call came in at about 2:15 p.m., the man apparently barricaded inside of the duplex at 43 Lyton Place. Wood came out with a knife in his hand, and then returned to the house, firing a pellet or a BB gun, hitting an 18-year veteran officer in the cheek.
The SWAT team was called in, and the incident was resolved by 4:30 p.m. when Wood was pulled out of the house, completely naked at the time, and loaded into a police vehicle and taken to the Ramsey County Jail for felony assault.
The officer hit in the face is being treated at Regions Hospital for non-life threatening injures.