Gordon Wheeler, Sr.,60, took a board meeting in Little Falls, Minnesota hostage after years of disagreements about his sex shop. The adult business owner had about 10 hostages until the police fatally shot him.
Some of those who had been attending the meeting were able to escape when Wheeler pulled out a handgun on Tuesday. Those who fled called the Morrison County sheriff's office. Moments later Sheriff Michel Wetzel, a deputy and a state trooper took charge of the situation by firing on the man. Wheeler was pronounced dead at hospital.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Wednesday.
It is unclear if Wheeler fired his weapon. None of the hostages were harmed during the crisis.
Investigators are unclear of Wheeler's motives for the Tuesday incident. In the past the man had problems with officials in Morrison County. the rural area is about 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Best known as the childhood home of Charles Lindbergh, Little Falls has a population of 8,000.
Wheeler has owned at least 3 adult related businesses that have since closed due to regulations from the county. The county in 2003 made its land-use ordinance for sex-related businesses stricter. That move forced an adult book store and a video store to be shut down. Wheeler also owner the strip club, Camp Bar, until 2006 when he was convicted of promoting and profiting from prostitution. At that time the bar was ordered to be shut down also.
Charges of county and country officials of being corrupt were then leveled by Wheeler. Those lawsuits were dismissed by a judge this year.