Friday night: Lawyer is shot at his Lakeland house

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2007 - 11:16 AM

At least one man was in custody after Keith Radtke, 37, was wounded at his home on Old Toll Bridge Road. Washington County authorities were searching for at least one suspect.

A man was reported shot at a house in Lakeland along the St. Croix River on Friday night, and Washington County authorities were searching for at least one suspect.

In a typically peaceful part of the St. Croix River Valley, Lakeland residents locked their doors as officers clustered outside the Bungalow Bar & Restaurant just north of Interstate 94 and Minnesota Hwy. 95 in Lakeland, as well as along Old Toll Bridge Road, where the shooting occurred.

Details were sketchy, but at least one man apparently was in custody by 11 p.m., and authorities had set up a perimeter and were searching within it, trying to ascertain whether anyone else was at large, an officer said.

The shooting occurred at the home of attorney Keith Radtke, in the 1300 block of Old Toll Bridge Road, where he lives with his wife and sons. Radtke, 37, was wounded, a family member said.

"There was an intruder and he was shot, that's all we know," Radtke's father-in-law, Dave Brandt of Lakeland, said late Friday.

An ambulance took Radtke to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was listed in fair condition just before midnight, a nursing supervisor said.

Friday night, a woman who answered the phone at the Radtke home said she could not discuss what had happened.

Radtke, an attorney with Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, specializes in representing corporations in mergers.

Deputies on the Washington County sheriff's special response team as well as officers from surrounding communities were going door to door to make sure that residents were OK and that no other homes were broken into.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would release little information late Friday. A dispatcher at the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin said she could not confirm whether the incident may have started on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River or whether a pursuit was involved.

Lakeland resident Kelly Gervais said her husband, Bruce, had walked to the Bungalow from their home nearby Friday evening when he saw deputies gathered in bulletproof vests and SWAT gear, and helicopters flying overhead. The deputies told him to leave the area right away, Kelly Gervais said.

Residents said they were told to lock their doors.

"I'm trying to keep my family safe," another resident said nervously as a State Patrol helicopter flew overhead.

Joy Powell • 612-673-7750

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